Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that he was not aware of any position of President Vladimir Putin’s initiative to abolish the condemnation of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
“I do not know about the existence of any position in overturning the condemnation of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. I do not have this information,” — said Peskov.
Previously, it suggested that the Deputy of the state Duma Alexey Zhuravlev. He made the lower house a bill which proposed to annul the decision of the Council of people’s deputies of the USSR condemning the Covenant. In his opinion, this decision was taken in 1989 in the context of growing political instability.
Answering the question of why the publication of Putin’s article “the Actual lessons of the 75th anniversary of the Second world war” was chosen by the magazine National Interest, Peskov said that “this is a very serious issue”. According to him, the publication is very substantial, and the format of the edition is quite well suited to the nature of this copyright material the President.
In turn, the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Sergeyev believes that Putin’s article not only journalistic and political, but largely academic, as it provides a large number of facts about the causes of the Second world war, there are links to archival documents. “This is how historical science, so the article gives the impression of a scientific document,” said TASS, Sergeyev.
the Head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky told RIA Novosti that Putin’s article shows that Russia is ready to cooperate to preserve the common historical memory. It is also the answer to all those who are trying to rewrite history to suit political conjuncture and to belittle the contribution of the Soviet Union in the victory over fascism.
He hopes that the article will be adequately perceived by Western States. “In fact, it is the hand to cooperate in the name of preserving our common historical memory, in the name of preventing the revival of Nazism and other forms of xenophobia,” — said Slutsky. In his opinion, important will be the reaction of foreign countries to Putin’s call to open the archives of the war period.
however, German political scientist Alexander Rahr believes that for the West Putin’s article are unlikely to appreciate. He is sure that it deems confrontational and accused Russia of intending to rewrite history and to rethink the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Although, in fact, the Russian President reaches out to international partners. It contains important facts about the pre-war period, the cooperation of Western powers with Hitler.
“the Political proposal, which is contained in the article, Putin, is very important — you need to make every effort to overcome new chaos in international relations,” said Rahr.
the Head of the coordinating Council of Russian compatriots of Israel Max Perelshtein said that an article by a Russian head of state will be translated into Hebrew. He is sure that she will be “one of the basic texts” to work with young people.
Perelshtein said that in Israel, cherish the memory and heroism of red army soldiers who “saved the Jewish people and the peoples of Europe from extermination by the Nazis.” In the article, Putin is very true facing the world community promises for the future.
“the lessons of the Second world war must be learnt in order for a tragedy of this magnitude does not happen again. It therefore becomes extremely important in our days actively counter attempts to rewrite history,” — said Perelshtein.