“We at the European People’s Party cannot accept Putin’s attempts to rewrite history. Although the Soviet Union suffered huge losses during the war, and its soldiers showed heroism, it cannot be denied that the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact led to the outbreak of World War II, ”RIA Novosti quoted Manfred as saying.

Earlier, the United States Ambassador to Poland, Georgette Mosbacher, spoke on the causes of World War II. According to her, "it was Hitler and Stalin who agreed to start the Second World War." She noted that "Poland was the victim of this conflict."

State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said the US Department of State should test its ambassadors for knowledge of the history of the country in which they work.

On January 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin, announcing a message to the Federal Assembly, said that it was necessary to protect the truth about the Victory.