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'Poles pushed Hitler': Putin gives cynical reason for World War II

'Poles pushed Hitler': Putin gives cynical reason for World War II Russian dictator Vladimir Putin (Getty Images)

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin accused the Poles of provoking Nazi Germany's attack on Poland in 1939. According to him, Poles "pushed" Adolf Hitler to attack them because they "went too far" and proved to be "uncompromising", according to his interview with American journalist Tucker Carlson.

"The Poles had not given the Danzig corridor to Germany, and went too far, pushing Hitler to start World War II by attacking them. Why was it Poland against whom the war started, on 1st September 1939? Poland turned out to be uncompromising, and Hitler had nothing to do but start implementing his plans with Poland," he said.

At the same time, he claimed that Poland cooperated with Hitler, and he "offered Poland peace and a treaty of friendship" but demanded in return that "Poland give back to Germany the so-called Danzig Corridor, which connected the bulk of Germany with East Prussia and Konigsberg."

"After World War One, this territory was transferred to Poland. And instead of Danzig, a city of Gdansk emerged. Hitler asked them to give it amicably, but they refused. Of course, still they collaborated with Hitler and engaged together in the partitioning of Czechoslovakia," the dictator said.

Putin's propagandistic interview

A large interview of the Russian dictator and American journalist Tucker Carlson was released overnight. Even before the interview was published, it was widely publicized by Russian propaganda. Carlson traveled to Moscow and his visit was also covered by Russian media.

For more details on what Putin told Carlson in the interview, read the story by RBC-Ukraine.

Ukraine has already refuted Putin's fake statements.