Russian Ambassador: Poland Partly Responsible For World War II
Sep 29 2015
The FBI has announced the return of a Polish painting believed looted by the Nazis during World War II to the government of Poland.
This month, the Polish ambassador to Russian Federation has been summoned twice in just over a week, first to explain a removal of a Soviet-era monument in a Polish town, and then over vandalism at a Soviet war cemetery in a different part of Poland. Millions of Polish citizens died in the conflict.
Poland's army says it has begun inspecting the south-western area where two men claim to have discovered an armoured Nazi gold train buried at the end of World War II.
Mr Andreyev had argued that Poland was partly responsible for what happened in September 1939, because "during the 1930s Poland repeatedly blocked the formation of a coalition against Hitler's Germany".
Andreyev claims he was referring to the disaster in Poland and not the start of the war. Andreev further added fuel to the fire by stating that the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939 was not an act of aggression, but an act of self-defense.
Polish Foreign Ministry in Warsaw says that the Russian ambassador's words on the alleged reasons for the outbreak of WWII have been received with concern, as were ensuing remarks justifying Stalinist repressions against Poles.
Poland's Foreign Ministry issued a statement of strong protest on Saturday, accusing Andreev of undermining historical truth, and summoned him for a meeting Monday with a director of the ministry's department on Eastern affairs.
The Polish Foreign Ministry also recalls that the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact was officially condemned by the Congress of Soviet Deputies in 1989, still in erstwhile USSR. Andreyev also said Polish-Russian relations were presently at their worst since 1945 because Poland has chosen to freeze political and cultural contacts.