Putin has prepared an article for the National Interest about the Second world war
Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an article dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second world war. Material published by the American journal The National Interest.
The head of state entered into a polemic with a number of European politicians who want "to cover up the Munich agreement under the carpet" and to revise the Soviet Union's role in defeating Nazism.
Putin stressed that considered the outbreak of war, signed on 23 August 1939 a non-aggression Pact between the USSR and Germany is unfair. To the outbreak of hostilities also led the Munich agreement, under which Czechoslovakia had to cede to Germany the Sudetenland, said the head of state.
Putin recalled that one of the main causes of the Second world war were the actions of the Western powers after the First world war. According to the Russian President, the Treaty of Versailles of 1919 was for Germany a symbol of a grave injustice and national humiliation led to the growth of radical sentiments in the country.
Similar sentiments were playing the Nazis by promising to deliver Germany from the "unfair" conditions for peace and to restore the former power of the country, the President said.
According to the Russian leader for the war responsibility one way or another are all leading the state. The President noted that the history of the beginning of the war, scientists need. The role of the judge on himself, he is not going to take, justifying or blaming someone else.
Putin urged other countries to open dialogue to look at the common past with an open mind and avoid previous errors.
The main traitors of the Second world, said Putin, French Marshal Philippe Petain, the Soviet commander Andrei Vlasov, the leader of Ukrainian nationalists Stepan Bandera and ruler of Norway Vidkun Quisling. All four were collaborators.
However, the followers of these politicians and military leaders, Putin said, often surpassed them in inhumanity: "They are responsible for such bloody events as the shootings at Babi Yar, Volyn massacre, Khatyn, the destruction of the Jews in Latvia and Lithuania".
The Russian leader also pointed to the role of the Soviet Union in the defeat of Nazi Germany. Vladimir Putin stressed that the Soviet Union contributed to the victory the greatest contribution. Russia intends to firmly defend based on fact historical truth, has several it.
This commitment is especially important at a time when some partners of Russia are not ready to continue joint work on the establishment of the real events of the Second world war. In addition, Putin drew attention to the importance of the summit of countries of "nuclear five" the UN security Council and a trust relationship between their heads.
Vladimir Putin also called the "great truth" about the Second world war, the words of the 32nd President of the USA Franklin Roosevelt. "In his address to the nation on 28 April 1942 stated that the Soviet forces "have destroyed and are destroying more armed army of our enemies, their armies, planes, tanks and weapons than all other countries parties to the Declaration by United Nations combined," wrote the President.
The head of state and the words of the then Prime Minister of great Britain Winston Churchill, who on 27 September 1944 wrote in a letter to Soviet leader Joseph Stalin that the Red army "tore the guts of the German war machine".
The names of all the victims in the great Patriotic war citizens of the Soviet Union should be established, stated in his Putin.
The President recalled that the Soviet losses in the great Patriotic war amounted to nearly 27 million people.
The Soviet people in the great Patriotic war at the front and in the rear made it impossible, the article says of the President.
As the President noted, all the nationalities of the USSR have been United during the Second world war, the Nazis failed to undermine it.