Putin: I dare you to open Pandora’s box, but WWII is over

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September 2nd, 2016 – Fort Russ News – 

By J. Arnoldski

At the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 1st, Russian President Vladimir Putin once again slammed attempts at revising the history and results of World War II. In an interview with Bloomberg, Putin said that reviving territorial disputes could lead to unpredictable consequences and are tantamount to “opening Pandora’s box.” 

“If someone wants to start revising the outcomes of the Second World War, then let’s try discussing the topic. But then we’d have to talk not so much about Kaliningrad as the eastern lands of Germany and all the way up to Lvov, which was part of Poland, and so on and so on. There’s also Hungary and Romania there too,” Putin said.

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He continued: “If someone wants to open this Pandora’s box and start working with it, then, please, flag in hand, go ahead.” 

Putin’s statement was made ahead of a special meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, part of which will involve discussing the Russian Kuril Islands disputed by Japan. 

Putin’s line hasn’t changed. Similar to how he said in May that “We are ready to buy a lot, but we won’t sell anything,” Putin stressed that Russia isn’t interested in “trading its territories.” 

Given the context of high-level talks with Japan on resolving longstanding issues stemming from the Second World War, Putin’s straightforward statement shows that Russia is committed to standing its ground in international disputes, which it sees as crucial to preventing the Second World War from being distorted and, as follows, possibly repeated. 

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