‘Poland Started WWII’: Russia Reacts to 80th Commemoration Snub

World leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday marked 80 years since the start of World War II in Poland.

Russia, however, was not invited to Sunday’s commemorations because of its 2014 annexation of Crimea and actions in eastern Ukraine, a decision that Moscow had called baffling. 

This is how Russian officials and commentators reacted to the snub:

Officials’ reactions

Franz Klintsevich, senior senator:

— “Of course Poland itself is to blame… The events of 1939 and Poland’s behavior provoked Germany to attack it.”

Sergei Naryshkin, chief of the SVR foreign intelligence agency:

— “Ukraine and the Baltic states now have laws rehabilitating Nazi collaborators. Periodically, attempts are made to sabotage Immortal Regiment marches overseas, and according to our information, the coordination of these allegedly ‘grassroots’ efforts is handled from a single center across the Atlantic.” 

— “All these ‘ripples’ only confirm that the Western elites are looking to overhaul the existing system of global governance or, simply put, take control over it.”

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, veteran lawmaker: 

— “All textbooks need to specify once and for all: Poland is the main culprit of the start of World War II.” 

— “It was Europe that nurtured Hitler against the U.S.S.R. and Poland was among those who applauded Hitler. It shot itself in the foot.”

State-run media reactions

Perviy Kanal (Channel One):

— “Everything in the Polish capital [Sunday] was basically geared toward the U.S. president and statements about U.S. assistance in the fight against the eastern threat — in other words, the fight against Russia.”

— “Russia was not invited. … But the president of Belarus and the prime minister of Armenia were invited… This selective approach irritated the Poles, who remember who it was that defeated Nazi Germany.”


— “Belarus’ Foreign Ministry said ‘the liberation of eastern and central Europe and the defeat of Nazism became possible thanks to the heroic efforts of the multinational Red Army,’ hinting that Poland shouldn’t make it all about itself.”


— “Despite the courage of the Polish units, the Wehrmacht defeated the Polish army within five weeks. It became clear in the early days of the war that the campaign was lost. On Sept. 6, 1939, the Polish government left Warsaw and then left the country altogether.”

Political talk show host Olga Skabeyeva, the host of “60 Minutes” on Channel One:

— “Poland has probably heard that rewriting history is bad. But being proud of it, folks, is utter nonsense.”

(c) The Moscow Times


  1. Talk about sour grapes or what? On 17 September 1939, after signing a cease-fire with Japan, the Soviets invaded Eastern Poland under a pretext that the Polish state had ostensibly ceased to exist. Was that a provocation too by Poland? Was Stalin and Hitler’s plan to split Europe down the middle, a provocation too? Nope, the mafia state did not get an invite because they never admitted to, or apologised to the Polish government for invading. Germany did!

  2. These black lies are more proof that putlerstan is the world’s first troll state, with the world’s first troll president, the world’s first state troll media, the world’s first state troll church and the world’s first troll parliament.

    • As usual, they blame the victim. All right out of Hitler’s playbook. Hitler staged “provocations” in Poland by stealing and using Polish uniforms for the provocations and using that as a premise to invade. Sound familiar?!!!

  3. The Ribbentrop-Molotov Non-aggression Pact, signed in August, had eliminated any hope Poland had of a Russian ally in a war against Germany. Little did Poles know that a secret clause of that pact, the details of which would not become public until 1990, gave the U.S.S.R. the right to mark off for itself a chunk of Poland’s eastern region. The “reason” given was that Russia had to come to the aid of its “blood brothers,” the Ukrainians and Byelorussians, who were trapped in territory that had been illegally annexed by Poland.

  4. Lieing Kremkrap schills. These rectums dream in shades of brown.
    “It was Europe that nurtured Shitler against the CCCP, and Poland was among those that applauded Shitler. Delusional history books these idiots read.
    “But the President of Belarus and PM of Armenia were invited to Poland… This selective approach irritated the Poles, who remember who it was defeated the Nazis. Yup, they remember the joint allied forces. They also remember the CCCP occupation for decades after “liberation” from the Nazi shiit!

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