A member of the Russian State Duma has called the European Union "Hitler's coalition", where all member states had once worked for Nazi Germany.
Such a statement was voiced by head of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science, chairman of the board of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, MP Vyacheslav Nikonov (United Russia), who spoke at a round table titled "Spiritual, moral and patriotic education of youths in the light of the Great Victory", Ghall wrote citing a Russkiy Mir Foundation report.
"After the UK withdrew from the European Union, there is practically no country left in the EU that was not either a member of the Nazi axis or allied with Nazi Germany. The whole European Union was in the past Hitler's coalition or those who bowed before him.
There was not a single country opposing Hitler. France was also defeated, and its plants worked for Germany," Nikonov said.
"That's who is judging us right now. And they're telling us when Auschwitz had to be liberated, they're telling us about equal responsibility – those who attacked us, who were with Hitler. This is obviously a Eurocentric, I'd even say racist view of history. So we also have to get rid of this Eurocentrism. We ourselves undermined foundations of our historical consciousness when we destroyed a united country – the Soviet Union," said the deputy.
It is worth noting that Vyacheslav Nikonov is the grandson the former Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs Vyacheslav Molotov, who signed the Non-Aggression Treaty with Nazi Germany counterpart Joachim von Ribbentrop.
According to the agreement, the parties undertook to refrain from attacking each other and to maintain neutrality if one of them became the target of hostilities by a third party.
The parties to the agreement were also bound to refrain from allied relations with other powers, directly or indirectly targeting the other side.
Mutual exchange of information on issues affecting the interests of the parties was envisaged.
The agreement was accompanied by a secret additional protocol on the delimitation of areas of interest in Eastern Europe in the event of a "territorial and political reorganization." The protocol provided for the inclusion of Latvia, Estonia, Finland, the eastern "regions that make up the Polish state", and Bessarabia in the sphere of interests of the USSR. Lithuania and the western part of Poland were assigned to Germany.