Polish Foreign Minister declares Warsaw the winner in the historical dispute with Moscow


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Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz commented on the history debate between Poland and Russia. According to the Foreign Minister, Poland was right in the dispute – now normalization with Russia should follow.

The Polish parliament passed a resolution on January 9 that the Soviet Union, together with Nazi Germany, was responsible for the outbreak of World War II. The action of the “two totalitarian powers at that time” led to the outbreak of war, according to the document. Poland and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe would have been the “first victims” after the Molotow-Ribbentrop Pact.

With regard to this “historical truth”, the Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz, like many Polish politicians, has now spoken out.

“Among other things, I think we won in the historical dispute with Russia. Russia has tried to impose its own account of history, but it has not succeeded, ”said Czaputowicz in an interview with the Polish news agency“ PAP ”.

The Foreign Minister stressed that the speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin at this year’s World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem was “not exactly anti-Polish”. According to Czaputowicz, both countries should now strive to improve their relations.
“Now we should calm down and normalize our relationships, because despite all the differences we are neighbors,” said the Polish politician.

Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Sakharova has now responded to Czaputowicz’s statement that Poland had won in the historical dispute.

“This is how all Napoleons think: both Bonaparte and those in psychiatry,” Sakharova wrote in her Facebook entry.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had already stated in January that the initiative to normalize the dialogue between Russia and Poland had to come from Warsaw, since Poland’s actions had damaged normal interstate relations. Moscow is expecting from Warsaw a “depolished and reliable approach to history”.

rewriting of history

The Russian government had repeatedly stressed that some European countries are trying to rewrite history. In mid-December, the Russian president said that they – especially Poland – had plotted with fascist Germany and that Russia had documents on how they had conducted these talks. Russian politicians believe that Europe is unwilling to admit this part of its history.

In his speech to the Federal Assembly this year, President Vladimir Putin announced, among other things, that Russia would create the largest and most comprehensive archive of World War II archive documents, films, and photo materials that would be available to both Russians and the world.

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