Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki condemned on Sunday the Russian President Vladimir Putin for accusing Poland of the outbreak of WWII, saying that Moscow is using “deliberate lies” to “cover up its problems”.
“President Putin has lied about Poland on numerous occasions, and he has always done it deliberately,” Morawiecki said.
Vladimir Putin argues that the collusion between the West and Adolf Hitler paved the way for WWII, in response to the EU Parliament’s resolution blaming the Soviet Union’s “non-aggression” pact with the Nazi Germany in 1939 for the Second World War’s breakout a few days later.
“It usually happens in a situation when the authorities in Moscow feel international pressure caused by its actions. And this pressure is not on the historical stage but on the modern geopolitical scene,” said Morawiecki in a written statement.
The Polish Prime Minister pointed to several recent developments that he described as “Russia’s political failures”.
Morawiecki mentioned as examples that the EU has extended its sanctions over Russia’s annexation of the Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in 2014, Russian athletes have been banned by major sport events, the failed attempt by Kremlin to take complete control over Belarus and major problems with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
In early 2018, Morawiecki’s government passed a controversial law that made a criminal offence any accusations of complicity in Nazi war crimes. A few months later and after an outcry in the EU, US and Israel, the right-wing government amended the law, making any accusations a civil offence instead of criminal one.