Putin blames WWII on West's deal with Hitler

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday condemned Moscow's 1939 treaty with Berlin carving up Europe and also blames British and French pacts with the Nazi leader in remarks published before the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II. Putin said in an article published in Poland's daily Gazeta Wyborcza daily that Moscow's deal with Hitler was "immoral." But he blamed other European nations for leaving the Soviet Union to face Germany alone. Putin will attend war anniversary ceremonies at Westerplatte, Poland, on Tuesday and meet with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.