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Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the European Union

Submitted on 2023-08-24 19:24:17

Comment by the Permanent Mission of Russia to the EU on EU statement dated 22 August 2023 on the occasion of the so-called Europe-Wide Day of Remembrance for the victims of all totalitarian and authoritarian regimes

Representatives of the College of Commissioners of the European Commission have made yet another attempt to distort the causes of the outbreak of the Second World War. This is done with the obvious aim of making the Soviet Union, and indirectly Russia, as responsible as Nazi Germany for unleashing the Second World War.

If we are to talk about the darkest chapters in European history, as understood by the EU, it is worth recalling that documents similar to the Soviet-German Non-Aggression Pact were signed before 23 August 1939 by a number of current EU member states, including France, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. It is clear that Brussels prefers to keep silent about these historical facts, including the Munich Agreement of 1938. Indeed, it is an unpleasant truth about the real foreign policy motives of the European powers of that time: to target the Nazi war machine against the USSR, to wipe our country off the face of the earth. It seems that today a similar logic can be traced in the actions of the European Union aimed at inflicting a strategic defeat on Russia, preferably with the hands of others, including through the uncontrolled military pumping of Kiev.  

Our country, as in the 1930s, was making efforts to the last to form a system of collective security in which no State or organisation could enhance its security at the expense of the security of others. As then, Russian proposals were simply ignored.  

History has repeated itself in more ways than one: recent statements by former German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former French President Fran├žois Hollande, who participated in the drafting of the Minsk agreements, in fact show that the package of measures was seen by the Europeans leaders not as a means of resolving the conflict in Ukraine, but as an opportunity to give Kiev time to reequip its army. In 1938, London and Paris gave the Nazis a break in order to direct their aspirations to the East.  

So, if the question of responsibility for unleashing the Second World War is to be discussed, the authors of the above-mentioned EU statement should first look at their own history of the first half of the last century. Unless, of course, the current political context prevents this, which we personally very much doubt.

Source URL: https://russiaeu.ru/en/node/7759