A senior Russian Communist Party Member of Parliament (MP) dismissed Polish statements calling for new WWII reparations from Germany as “empty words.”
“The subject of reparations was discussed at meetings between the heads of states of the anti-Hitler coalition, including the Yalta and Potsdam conferences. Especially Potsdam,” RIA Novosti quoted First Deputy Head of the Lower House Committee for Defense Dmitry Novikov as saying.
Germany has so far dismissed the Polish claims.
In August Ulrike Demmer, a spokesperson for the German government said that while her country assumed political, moral and financial responsibility for WWII, the question of restitution was closed.
She added that Germany had already made significant reparations for general war damage and is still making payments to victims of Nazi crimes.
Poland’s right to German post-war compensation was waived in 1953.
Some leading politicians made the case that the decision to impose the waiver should be revisited since it was done in the Soviet Union era.
“All issues concerning the reparations were agreed upon in the first post-war years; it is impossible to return to them today,” Novikov retorted.
He also quipped that the statements concerning reparations were nothing but “empty words.”
Earlier this week, a Polish MP said the Polish parliament was analyzing the legal possibility of putting forward fresh reparations claims against Germany.
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo described this initiative as “a claim for justice,” and stated that “whoever has a different view … should first look at history and thoroughly learn what was happening on Polish soil during the war.”
In 2004 the Parliament had passed a resolution declaring that Poland has not received sufficient reparations for losses caused by Germany during WWII.
Polish experts estimated the damage to the capital city Warsaw alone at over $45 billion.