Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop Contacts Soviets to Suggest Peace Treaty

Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop Contacts Soviets to Suggest Peace Treaty

Molotov signs the Nazi-Soviet non-aggression pact. Ribbentrop and Stalin are behind him
Source: Wikipedia

German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop contacts the Soviet government with the suggestion of negotiating a peace treaty between the two nations.

For almost two weeks he will work with Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov in Moscow; together they finalize two diplomatic agreements: an economic agreement and the infamous Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact.

The economic agreement is a commitment for the Soviet Union to provide large amounts of raw materials to Nazi Germany in exchange for machinery. This will make it easier for Germany to survive while the country is under blockade by Great Britain.

The Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact is simply an agreement that the two nations will not attack each other. This will have significant consequences for the course of World War II because it means that Nazi Germany will be able to attack Poland in two weeks without worrying about the Soviet Union getting involved. In fact, a secret protocol in the agreement gives the Soviets control over a big part of Poland was well as the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania).

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Signing the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

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