The Russian Foreign Ministry shared a video justifying the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany back in 1939 to mark its anniversary. The video makes no mention of the MRP secret protocols used to divide Europe into spheres of influence.
The ministry's Twitter account was used to share a video interpreting the geopolitical situation before World War II.
The video starts with the non-aggression pact signed between the Soviet People's Commissar Vyacheslav Molotov and the Foreign Minister of Nazi Germany Joachim von Ribbentrop.
The Russian MFA published a short text and video to explain the pact on its English and Russian Twitter pages and on Telegram.
The video suggests many others European states signed non-aggression pacts with Nazi Germany and quotes wartime UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Neither the post nor the accompanying video make mention of the pact's secret protocols in which Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union carved Europe into spheres of influence.
According to the latter, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Eastern Poland and Bessarabia (then part of the Kingdom of Romania) were to belong in the Soviet influence sphere. Lithuania and Western Poland were to be under German influence.
The Federal Republic of Germany and the USSR declared the pact void from the moment it was signed in 1989.
For decades leading up to that point, the Soviet Union refused to acknowledge the existence of the secret protocols.
The Molotov Ribbentrop Pact was signed on August 23, 1939.
Nazi Germany invaded Poland in the September of that year, which moment is considered the start of WWII.
Soviet forces crossed the Polish border from the other side on September 17.
On September 22, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union held a joint military parade in Brest-Litovsk.
Today marks 83 years since the signing of the Treaty of Non-Aggression between Germany and the USSR.— MFA Russia (@mfa_russia) August 23, 2022
Watch our retrospective video for information on the state of affairs in Europe prior to the signing of this document.
Editor: Marcus Turovski