Russia has always manipulated historical facts, sometimes even turning them upside down, distorting events to the smallest detail just to make things look beneficial to Moscow. Moreover, Russian propaganda machine is becoming more active when some extremely painful, inconvenient and embarrassing historical facts are being brought up. These include the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
Last week, September 19, the European Parliament adopted a resolution according to which both Nazi Germany and the USSR were equally blamed for unleashing World War 2. The resolution "On the Importance of European remembrance for the future of Europe", for which 535 deputies voted, 66 were against, and 52 abstained, emphasizes that World War 2, literally, " was started as an immediate result of the notorious Nazi-Soviet Treaty on Non-Aggression of 23 August 1939, also known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, and its secret protocols, whereby two totalitarian regimes that shared the goal of world conquest divided Europe into two zones of influence."
Russian propaganda reacted immediately, but, the effort was traditionally clumsy and miserable. For example, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that this document did not destroy - it allegedly saved hundreds of thousands of lives, since the war began at strategically advantageous lines for the USSR.
The statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry has already been ridiculed, emphasizing that the strategically advantageous lines for the USSR passed along the front line in the suburbs of Moscow, while without military assistance from the United States, the developments would have been tragic for the Soviets.
But back to the pact…
Let me recall that this year Moscow unexpectedly decided to declassify the original copy of the non-aggression pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, concluded on August 23, 1939. At first, it seemed that the revelation of the ninety-year-old document (it had never before been published in full by the Soviet or Russian side) was an attempt to demonstrate that Moscow has nothing to hide. However…
However, here Moscow remained true to its traditions. Besides the fact that the published document raised a lot of questions on the part of experts regarding its authenticity, the very publication was made against the background of the implementation of a number of scenarios, including an attempt to return the occupied Donbas to Ukraine under the spell of autonomy and undermining European unity through Russia-funded populist and nationalist political forces.
That is, declassification of the Molotov Ribbentrop Pact was one of the elements of Moscow’s operation on Ukraine federalization (separation), which should now be provoked by statements of radical patriotic circles and organizations (many of which are subsidized by Moscow) from Poland, Romania, and Hungary about the need to return their territories. Also in several Ukrainian regions, separatist movements could be launched, aimed at redrawing borders with Poland, Romania, Hungary, etc.
This will distract the West from Moscow’s actions in the East of Ukraine, give the Kremlin trump cards to appeal to the Western powers, alleging that Ukraine's western territories, as well as the eastern lands and Crimea, which had been "artificially incorporated" into the present Ukraine under the USSR, seek to get back to their "homelands".
And therefore, the resolution of the European Parliament was a real blast to MFA Russia's plot. And it seems that the Kremlin's walls will long be stained following this explosive resolution, since the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact is a document now confirming the fact of a crime and the Kremlin won't be able to appeal to it in its strategic projects without harming the plots of their operations.