This message is part of the pro-Kremlin’s disinformation campaign against the European Parliament resolution on the importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe. It reflects the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and is an attempt to portray Russia's role in World War II as not aggressive.
The European Parliament resolution, stressing that World War II was an immediate result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, was portrayed as “fascist” along with the Parliament which adopted it. The pro-Kremlin media outlets claimed that the European Parliament has joined forces with fascism, that it represents the Third Reich, and relieves Germany of the responsibility of World War II. The disinformation campaign about the European Parliament resolution has also targeted Poland, the Baltic States, Finland and Ukraine.
The article also contains attacks against Poland, the Baltic states and Ukraine.
It is not true, as the article claims, that the European Parliament resolution “blames the Soviet Union”, while “moving Hitler into the background”. The resolution states that the outbreak of the war was an immediate result of the Molotov-Ribentropp Pact, an agreement between two totalitarian regimes. It is a fact that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact contained the Secret Supplementary Protocol, which assumed the division of Poland and other Eastern European countries between the USSR and Germany. Thus, the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact enabled the German and Soviet military aggression against Poland in September 1939, which resulted in the occupation of this country by Germany and USSR, triggering the beginning of WWII.
It is also not true that the resolution suggests that Russia and Vladimir Putin are to be blamed for the Second World War. The resoultion states that “Russia remains the greatest victim of communist totalitarianism”.
Read previous cases claiming that the European Parliament resolution is part of a campaign aimed at minimising the role of the USSR in World War II and that the European Parliament resolution is aimed at the demonisation of Russia.