Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi said that some Western countries distort the history of World War II.
The President believes that there are obvious facts, for example, that on June 22, 1941, Germany attacked the Soviet Union, and not vice versa, and that Berlin was stormed by the Red Army.
The head of state noted that it is necessary to read documents, and not politicize history and understand everything at the expert level. He is sure that manipulating history will not lead to anything good. According to the Russian leader, the West has not forgotten about the Soviet Union’s contribution to the victory over fascism in World War II, but uses these events to resolve its personal issues.
“And who took Berlin by storm in 1945? Were they Americans? British or French? Red Army! You forgot?” Putin asked.
In his speech, he touched upon the losses of the Red Army and its decisive contribution to the defeat of fascism. The President also recalled the Munich Agreement and the West’s desire not to discuss this painful topic, but to accuse the USSR of dividing Poland. Discussing the question of the culprits of the Second World War, Putin noted that Stalin sought to avoid a military confrontation.
As a reminder, the Valdai International Discussion Club was held in Sochi from 18 to 21 October. The topic of the meeting was “Global Shake-up XXI: People, Values and the State”.