Medvedev blasts Ukraine, Baltic states over World War II

31st August 2009, Comments 1 comment

Moscow has repeatedly criticised former Soviet republics Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for seeking to rehabilitate anti-Communist groups that in some cases collaborated with the Nazis and committed atrocities against Jews.

Moscow -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday criticised Ukraine and the Baltic states for glorifying "Nazi accomplices", speaking ahead of the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II.

"We are seeing some astounding trends," Medvedev said in an interview with the Rossia state television channel, according to a transcript released by the Kremlin.

"Governments in the Baltic states and even Ukraine are now essentially pronouncing former Nazi accomplices to be their national heroes who fought for the liberation of their nations.

"Of course, everyone knows what really happened, but everyone looks down in shame, so as to avoid souring relations."

Moscow has repeatedly criticised former Soviet republics Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for seeking to rehabilitate anti-Communist groups that in some cases collaborated with the Nazis and committed atrocities against Jews.

Medvedev also lashed out at a resolution passed in July by the parliamentary assembly of the Organization for Co-operation and Security in Europe (OSCE) which condemned both Nazism and Stalinism.

Medvedev said the resolution had pronounced Nazi Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union "to be equally responsible for World War II" and said: "Now this, quite frankly, is a flat-out lie."

Russia, which regards its role in World War II as heroic and lost tens of millions of people in the conflict, has bristled at the OSCE resolution for equating the Nazi and Stalinist regimes.

Tuesday marks the 70th anniversary of the Nazi German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, generally regarded as the start of World War II. Soviet troops invaded and occupied eastern parts of Poland less than three weeks later.

AFP/Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • D. Powell posted:

    on 31st August 2009, 17:00:47 - Reply

    Ironice that Russia seems to forget that they signed a treaty with Germany dividing Poland and then procced to occupy half the country. Interesting the Russian leaders never mention this. This secret protocal certainly contribited to the decision by Hitler to invade the West.