Nazi-Soviet Pact 1939
The Nazi-Soviet Pact (sometimes called the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact after the respective foreign ministers) was signed on 28 August 1939. This pact was officially a non-aggression treaty between Russia and Germany. In signing the treaty Hitler was precluding the risk of war on two fronts, which had compromised Germany during the First World War. Secretly, the pact also divided Poland between the two protagonists, thus clearing Hitler's path for the invasion of Poland. The treaty was a strategic move on Stalin's part also; it was his attempt to protect his western border from German aggression by creating a buffer zone in Poland.
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