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23 August 1939

23 August: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact concluded by the Third Reich and USSR

The world was surprised by that pact on non-aggression and truly the division of spheres of influence in Eastern Europe. Instead of a pact with France and Great Britain, the Kremlin concluded an accord with war-hungry Germany keen to make territorial gains. The agreement opened the way for Hitler to the assault on Poland on 1 September 1939, joined by the USSR 16 days later. Soon, France and Great Britain declared war on Germany yet failed to meet their ally’s commitments towards Poland.

23 August 1939

23 August: Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

23 August 1939

23 August: Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact and its Consequences