Disinfo: The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is not an “unusual” document


For some reason, there is an impression that the non-aggression pact was signed only between Germany and the USSR. Before the outbreak of WWII, the UK, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Denmark, and Estonia signed non-aggression pacts with Germany.


This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism and an attempt to erode the disastrous historical role of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact by the statements that other European countries signed various international agreements with Germany after Adolf Hitler came into power. See other examples referring to the Molotov-Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact here, here and here. First of all, it is impossible to compare the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with various agreements signed between Germany and other European countries throughout the 1930s. There is no historical evidence that these agreements contained any secret protocols, which assumed common aggressive actions of Germany and these countries against third parties. In the case of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, it is a proven historical fact that it 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 directly caused the German and Soviet military aggression against Poland in September 1939, which resulted in complete occupation of Poland by Germany and USSR.  


  • Reported in: Issue 167
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: USSR, Germany, Poland
  • Keywords: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, Historical revisionism, WWII, Europe


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