Poland and Lithuania promise to resist the Russian historical offensive

“We will not let the Kremlin manipulate history so easily and spread lies,” Linkevicius said after meeting with Czaputowicz in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and other senior Russian officials have made repeated statements in recent weeks blaming Poland, which was the first victim of World War II, for some role in unleashing the conflict. Russian comments have also tried to emphasize Polish anti-Semitism as a trigger for the conflict.

Historians in the West say that Russian claims have no basis.

World War II began in 1939 when Poland was invaded first by Nazi Germany and then by the Soviet Union two weeks later. The double occupation came days after the two totalitarian states signed a pact with a secret protocol to divide Poland, the Baltic countries and Finland.

“They try to revive an image of Stalin as a kind of good guy and also justify the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact,” Linkevicius said. “We will not allow this to happen.”

Czaputowicz added: “We have agreed that our experts will cooperate closely in the area of ​​disinformation so that we can resist these threats together.”

There are no other details immediately available about these efforts.

A senior European Union official a day earlier also came to the defense of Poland. EU Commissioner Vera Jourova told the European Parliament that “he rejects any false claim” that describes Poland as a perpetrator instead of a victim of the 1939-1945 war and that “it will not tolerate these attacks against Poland.”

Vanessa Gera in Warsaw contributed to this report.

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