Russian Ambassador summoned to the foreign Ministry of Poland because of the remarks about the beginning of the Second world war
The Russian Ambassador in Poland summoned to the foreign Ministry over remarks about the beginning of the Second world war, reports Reuters. This was stated by the head of the Polish foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna. Ambassador Sergey Andreev said that in 1939 the USSR did not attack Poland and has assigned to it the responsibility for the failure of the anti-Hitler coalition and, thus, the beginning of the war. The Ambassador also said that the current “war on monuments” Poland personally he “will never forget”.
The head of the Polish foreign Ministry said on Saturday: “I have decided that the Russian Ambassador on Monday will be summoned to the foreign Ministry to the representative of the Ministry explained to him this question in a conversation”.
“Point of view, presents the highest representative of the Russian state in Poland, undermines the historical truth and reflects the most hypocritical interpretation of events”, – reads the statement of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Poland.
On the eve of the Russian Ambassador Sergey Andreev gave an interview to channel TVN 24. The Ambassador, in particular, stated that the USSR did not attack in September 1939 on Poland, as alleged by a number of speakers. “Soviet troops entered the territory of Western Belarus and Western Ukraine when the fate of the war between Germany and Poland was settled. Previously it was known that France and Britain would not come to the aid of Poland. In those conditions, it was necessary to ensure the security of the USSR”.
He objected to the characterization of the red army invaded Poland on 17 September 1939 as an act of aggression. The diplomat said: “To this disaster in September 1939 led policy of Poland, because in the 30-ies of Poland its policy repeatedly blocked the creation of the anti-Hitler coalition. It is possible that Poland is responsible for the catastrophe”.
Assessment Andreeva, relations between countries at the moment in a worse situation than ever since 1945, and the blame Poland: “It is the choice of the Polish side, which has frozen our political contacts and cultural ties”.
September the red army was due to the Molotov-ribbentroppa concluded between the USSR and Nazi Germany. Non-aggression Pact was signed on 23 August 1939 the foreign Minister of the two countries. The Treaty was accompanied by a secret additional Protocol on the limits of the German sphere of interest in Eastern Europe in case of “territorial and political rearrangement”. 1 September 1939 Germany invaded Poland, and on 17 September 1939 the Soviet Union included in its membership previously managed Poland, Western regions of Ukraine and Belarus, and subsequently the Eastern Baltic sea region.
The attitude to this Treaty the Russian government in recent years has changed diametrically. In 2009, President Vladimir Putin stated that “all agreements with the aim to appease the Nazis were morally unacceptable and politically senseless, harmful and dangerous” and led to the outbreak of the Second world war.
In may 2015, at a press conference after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Putin justified the conclusion of the contract that it was necessary “to ensure the security of the USSR”. The President also said that after the First world “Poland itself has taken action to Annex part of Czech territory”, and thus became a victim of the policy which was spent by myself.
The air force faces a case of extremism for the article about Soviet soldiers-rapists
Disputes about the interpretation of the events of World war II in recent times occur regularly. Before it became known that the Russian service of the BBC is threatened with a case of extremism on Russian language material about the rapes by Soviet soldiers of German women in the last days of the great Patriotic war. State Duma Deputy Alexander Sidyakin has filed a request with the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation with a request to check on extremism.
Claims to the Russian service of the BBC came after the announcement of the material in social networks, the editorial Board called the Central monument of the memorial to Soviet soldiers in Berlin “the tomb of the unknown rapist”. In the tweet was the announcement of the material “Rape in Berlin: the untold story of the war”. The article is adapted translation of the material the may with the English-language site of the BBC. Neither he nor the movie “The Rape of Berlin”, shown by the World service of the British Corporation, sharp reaction is not caused.
However Runet touched the reference to “grave of the tyrant” at the announcement of the translation. In the article, such comparisons are not contained, and in the preamble it is written: “Some believe that a critical approach to the past is unethical and simply unacceptable, given the heroic sacrifices and the deaths of 27 million Soviet citizens. Others believe that future generations must know the true horrors of war and deserve to see the unvarnished picture”.
The material is based on diary entries of an officer of the Soviet Army Vladimir Gelfand, who described the “bloody days” of the war. Also mentions the atrocities of the Nazis in the conquered territories of the USSR, said that the aggression of Soviet soldiers was a response to the “heinous crimes” perpetrated by the Nazis in the USSR “for almost four years.”
In the Russian version of the article also quotes 92-year-old veteran Yury Lyashenko, who recalled how instead of revenge, the soldiers handed out bread to the Germans: “Feed, of course, we all could, right? And the fact that we had, we shared with the children. Small children are frightened, the eyes are really scary”.
The BBC notes that the materials of the Soviet military tribunals and many other documents remain closed. The article also reminded that recently the State Duma has approved the law “about the assault on historical memory”, according to which anyone who belittles the contribution of the USSR in victory over fascism, may earn you a fine and up to five years in prison.