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    • Dino
    • 31.12.11 | 11:34 (IST)

    Stalin never wanted to join Axis powers. He was just buying time. Even Germany was just buying time while they conquered Western and Southern Europe. Both sides planned to double-cross the other. When the pact was signed, Stalin knew he wasn't prepared for war. It was an alliance of convenience at best, if it was an alliance at all. More like a calm before the storm. Even if Stalin wanted to join, Germany as the leader of the Anti-Comintern block would never accept them. You have to remember that Hitler hated Communism with fervor, and German Nazi policy was that all Slav peoples - with the exception of Croats and Bosniaks, whom they considered 'Aryan' - were subhuman. Therefore, any alliance would have been shortlived. And Stalin hated Hitler. Those two countries were just incompatible for any long term association. What would have been scary is the eventuality where Hitler doesn't divert Luftwaffe from RAF airfields to attack British population centers. RAF being broken and Britain falling would have changed history considerably. But that is another topic entirely.

    from the article: Soviet envoy warned Nixon and Kissinger against Mideast war in 1973, documents reveal
    First published 06:10 30.12.11 | Last updated 06:10 30.12.11
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