Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry comments on Russian idea to ‘rehabilitate’ Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine considers that the idea of Russian lawmakers to overturn the condemnation of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact seems “strange, maybe even tragicomic” and forecasts the stormy reaction of the Ukrainian society if this idea is implemented.
“Currently, it is unknown how this idea will be implemented in the State Duma. If it becomes a fait accompli, I think there will be very fierce reaction, not only from the Foreign Ministry, but from the society, the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, and our politicians,” Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar said in an interview with Ukrinform.
He noted that “it seems strange, maybe even tragicomic, to overturn the condemnation of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact which actually gave the green light to World War II.”
In this context, Bodnar reminded that Russia had already changed the end date of World War II, stubbornly tried to hold the parade despite the pandemic peak, although May 9 is long gone, reiterated an old Soviet statement that the Soviet Union was allegedly defending itself, not attacking, although the opposite had been impartially proven.
“Russians say that the West revises history. But they themselves had previously published all the evidence of Soviet Union’s aggressive policy! The agreement between Stalin and Hitler on the division of Poland and spheres of influence is confirmed by archival materials. It was such a real politics based on the imperial ambitions of each of those tyrants. And now Putin’s Russia whitewashes these facts and blames all the rest for the outbreak of World War II, but not Stalin!” the deputy foreign minister said.
On December 24, 1989, the Congress of People’s Deputies of the USSR adopted a resolution “On the Political and Legal Assessment of the Soviet-German Non-Aggression Pact” condemning the signing of the “secret additional protocol” of August 23, 1939 and other secret agreements with Germany. At the end of May 2020, Alexei Zhuravlyov, a member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, submitted a bill to the lower house of parliament proposing to overturn the resolution of the Congress of People’s Deputies of the USSR. On June 9, the Duma’s committee on foreign affairs approved the bill and submitted it for further consideration.