Disinfo: Poland wanted to ally with Germany and attack the USSR

Summary

80 years ago Poland called on Germany to ally and attack together the Soviet Union. Today Poland promotes an open policy of Russophobia.

Disproof

No evidence given. This is a conspiracy theory about the WWII. In fact, it was the USSR to become ally with the Nazi Germany for 22 months. On 23 August 1939 they signed a non-aggression pact, also known as the "Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact" (Hitler-Stalin Pact). The deal was accompanied by a secret supplementary protocol on the delimitation of areas of mutual interest in Eastern Europe. In particular, Hitler and Stalin agreed to divide Poland. The agreement also indicated that the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, as well as Bessarabia and Finland, also belonged to the respective areas of interest of Germany and the USSR. Just a week after the signing of the “Hitler-Stalin Pact,” the German attack on Poland started World War II. Two weeks later, Soviet troops entered Polish territory forcing the Polish army to fight on two fronts.

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  • Reported in: Issue 160
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/07/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Poland, Germany, Russia
  • Keywords: WWII
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Disproof

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