This is reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine.
"There was the sense of the Soviet Union's security in this Pact. This is first," Putin said at a press conference after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"Now, second, I recall that after the signing of the Munich Agreement, Poland itself has taken steps aimed at annexing part of the Czech territory. It so happened that after the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the partition of Poland, it became the victim of the policies it tried to carry out in Europe," Putin said.
He reminded that the Soviet Union had taken a lot of effort to create the conditions for a collective opposition to Nazism and made "repeated attempts to create an anti-fascist unit in Europe." "All these attempts failed," Putin said.
After the agreements of 1938 in Munich, some politicians believed that war was inevitable, the Russian president said. "And when the Soviet Union realized that it is left alone with Hitler's Germany, it took steps to avoid a direct collision. And the Pact was signed. In this sense I share the view of our minister of culture that there was sense for security of the Soviet Union in this Pact," Putin stated.