o Article VI. The present treaty is concluded for a period of ten years. “Secret Additional Protocol” – the USSR would take over the Baltic States and that Poland would later be divided btw Germany and the USSR o Sept 1939 – Germany forces occupy Poland o 4 weeks later, under the terms of the protocol Germany and the Soviet Union signed a formal agreement that carved Poland btw them “The Nazi-Soviet Pact bewildered the USSR’s friends and puzzled its foes” defied history and logic o Stalin had been left w/no alternative given the real threat presented by Germany and the indifference in Paris and London to his offers of a defensive alliance o “If you can’t beat them, Joni them” o Had tried to end the danger Germany presented by the only move that international circumstances still allowed – an agreement w/Germany As per the pact, the USSR grabbed the eastern half of Poland o USSR then forcibly took over the Baltic States, Southern Finland and Bessarabia- Bukovina o By 1941 Soviet Russia had regained all the territories lost owing to WWI, which added to the guarantee of peace w/Germany o Germany was free to conduct its war against France and Britain in the west o Within the Soviet Union Stalin was praised for his “ diplomatic master-stroke ” o Pact lulled him into a false sense of security and it left the USSR exposed to German attack in June 1941
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