WWII revisionism?: Russian Ambassador Poland

Published: September 28, 2015

WWII revisionism?: Russian Ambassador Poland, Russia’s ambassador to Poland has said Warsaw bears partial responsibility for the Second World War in the latest diplomatic spat between the two countries.

Just two days after Sergey Andreyev said in a television interview that Poland “bears partial responsibility for the catastrophe that ensued in September 1939″, Warsaw is to summon the Russian ambassador amid the row about who started the Second World War.

The squabble comes days after Russia summoned the Polish ambassador to Moscow over the desecration of dozens of Soviet war graves in a village in Poland last week.

Mr Andreyev appeared to be blaming Warsaw for blocking alliances against Nazi Germany and declining to allow Soviet troops to transit Polish territory in the run up to war.

He also said the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939 – two weeks after the Nazi invasion led Britain and France to declare war on Germany – was not aggression, but a defensive act “to ensure the safety of the USSR”.

Sergey Andreyev Photo: EPA (File) The Polish foreign ministry said Mr Andreyev would be summoned to explain his comments on Monday.

Warsaw has officially condemned vandalism of nearly 60 gravestones at a cemetery in the village of Milejczyc, where about 1,600 Red Army soldiers are buried.

Russia said in a statement that Poland had not responded to requests to “take the appropriate measures to fight and prevent frequent instances of destruction of graves of soldiers who defended Poland from the Nazis”.

Poland and Russia have often clashed over different interpretations of the Second World War, which began in September 1939 after Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin partitioned Poland between them.

Relations have become increasingly fraught since Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014 and subsequently supported a separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine.


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