Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that the analysis of the history of relations between the peoples of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Poland must be done on the basis of confirmed facts to prevent history from turning into a subject of deliberate distortion.
In a welcome message sent by President Putin to the organizers of the historical exhibition “The Soviet-Polish War of 1919-1921. The Riga Peace Treaty,” which opened on Tuesday in Moscow: “Historical events, including those that led to the outbreak of World War II, cannot be fully understood without studying.” Preloaded.
Speaking of the Polish-Soviet war, Putin pointed out that the Polish leadership was considering its mission to restore its old borders (the borders of Rich Pospolytaia) while the leaders of the Bolsheviks were seeking to provoke a world revolution.
He stated that, by 1919, Polish forces had captured a large part of Belarus (the Byelorussian Soviet Republic) and western Ukraine (the Ukrainian Soviet Republic) and entered Kiev. “
He continued, “Today we see that the automatic and unusual redrawing of the borders of European countries at that time led to an intensification of confrontation between the countries of the region and helped create conditions for a new world war.”
The Soviet side, he said, was compelled to agree to annex part of modern Belarus and a quarter of modern Ukraine to Poland.
He also stressed that “the transfer of Belarusian and Ukrainian lands to another country is inconsistent with the ethnic, cultural and social situation, and on the one hand helped to discriminate against the local population and on the other hand to stimulate extremist national ideas. We remember the tragic fate of the prisoners of the number of Red Army soldiers who were killed in most of them.” Polish camps. “
He said, “It is clear that it is necessary to make a balanced and constructive analysis of the multi-century relationships between the Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Polish peoples on the basis of historical facts confirmed by documents.”
Putin said that the current exhibition is a new step towards closing the difficult page of history “so that the events that occurred a hundred years ago are not the subject of deliberate distortion and manipulation, and do not divide countries.”