Putin claims West forced Russia into deal with Hitler | World


President Putin has defended the Nazi-Soviet pact, saying the Soviet Union had been forced into it after western powers made the Second World War inevitable by appeasing Adolf Hitler and refusing to join a military alliance against him.

Writing in The National Interest, a US-based international affairs magazine, Mr Putin said the 1938 Munich agreement signed by Britain and France that permitted Germany’s partition of Czechoslovakia was “brutal and cynical”.

“It showed that mutual agreements were worthless. It was the Munich Betrayal that served as a ‘trigger’ and made the great war in Europe inevitable,” Mr Putin, 67, wrote in a 9,000-word essay published days before a massive military parade on Red Square to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s surrender.

However, Mr



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