Timeline of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact
The timeline of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact is a chronology of events, including Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact negotiations, leading up to, culminating in, and resulting from the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. The Treaty of Non-aggression between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union was signed in the early hours of August 24, 1939, but was dated August 23.
- 3 March 1918: The peace treaty of Brest-Litovsk between Soviet Russia and the Central Powers signed.
- 11 November 1918: The armistice between the Allies and Germany ends the First World War on the Western Front. After Germany's collapse, British, French and Japanese troops intervene in the Russian Civil War.
- 28 June 1919: The Treaty of Versailles formally ends the First World War.
- 16 April 1922: The Treaty of Rapallo between Germany and Soviet Russia renounces all territorial and financial claims against the other. A secret annex allows Germany to train its military in Soviet territory.
- 24 April 1926: The Treaty of Berlin between the Soviet Union and Germany signed, guaranteeing neutrality in the event of an attack on the other by a third party. A renewal is signed in 1931, ratified in 1933.
- 28 September 1926: The Soviet–Lithuanian Non-Aggression Pact signed.
- 21 January 1932: The Soviet–Finnish Non-Aggression Pact signed.
- 5 February 1932: The Soviet–Latvian Non-Aggression Pact signed.
- 4 May 1932: The Soviet–Estonian Non-Aggression Pact signed.
- 25 July 1932: The Soviet–Polish Non-Aggression Pact signed.
- 30 January 1933: Adolf Hitler comes to power.
- 26 January 1934: The German–Polish Non-Aggression Pact signed.
- 2 May 1935: The Franco-Soviet Treaty of Mutual Assistance signed.
- 18 June 1935: The Anglo-German Naval Agreement signed.
- 25 November 1936: The Anti-Comintern Pact signed between Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan. The pact is against the Communist International in general, and the Soviet Union in particular.
- 12 March 1938: Germany annexes Austria in the Anschluss.
- 29 September 1938: The Munich Agreement permits German annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland.
- 15–16 March 1939: Germany invades Czechoslovakia; the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia is established.
Diplomacy in 1939
- 10 March 1939: Stalin's speech to the Eighteenth Party Congress.
- March 1939: Tripartite talks begin between the Soviet Union, United Kingdom and France.
- 31 March 1939: United Kingdom and France offer guarantees of independence to Poland, Belgium, Romania, Greece, and Turkey.
- 28 April 1939: Hitler denounces the 1934 German–Polish Non-Aggression Pact and the 1935 Anglo-German Naval Agreement.
- 3 May 1939: Stalin replaces Foreign Minister Maxim Litvinov with Vyacheslav Molotov.
- 22 May 1939: The Pact of Steel (the Pact of Friendship and Alliance between Germany and Italy) signed.
- 7 June 1939: The German–Estonian Non-Aggression Pact and the German–Latvian Non-Aggression Pact signed.
- 19 August 1939: The German–Soviet Commercial Agreement signed.
- 23/24 August 1939: The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact signed.
- 25 August 1939: The Anglo-Polish military alliance signed.
- 1 September 1939: Germany invades Poland.
- 3 September 1939: United Kingdom and France declare war on Germany
- 17 September 1939: The Soviet Union invades Poland.
- 28 September 1939: The German–Soviet Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Demarcation signed.
- 29 September 1939: The Soviet–Estonian Mutual Assistance Treaty signed.
- 5 October 1939: The Soviet–Latvian Mutual Assistance Treaty signed.
- 10 October 1939: The Soviet–Lithuanian Mutual Assistance Treaty signed.
- 30 November 1939: The Soviets troops assault Finland, starting the Winter War, lasting 105 days.
- 12 March 1940: The Moscow Peace Treaty between the Soviet Union and Finland signed.
- June–August 1940: The Soviet Union occupies and annexes the Baltic states.
- 28 June 1940: The Soviet Union occupies Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina.
- 27 September 1940: The Tripartite Pact between Germany, Italy and Japan signed.
- 12–15 November 1940: Molotov's visit to Berlin.
- 13 April 1941: The Soviet–Japanese Neutrality Pact signed.
- 22 June 1941: Germany assaults the Soviet Union.
- Recueil des traités conclus par la Lithuanie avec les pays étrangers, Vol. I, Kaunas, 1930, pp. 429–435.
- League of Nations Treaty Series, 1934, No. 3408, pp. 123–125 and 127
- League of Nations Treaty Series, Vol. CXXXI, pp. 297–307.