July 14, 2020

The Soviet-Japanese War: the brief conflict that created North Korea
73 years since its outbreak, the war's impact is often understated

In the early 1940s, relations between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the Greater Empire of Japan were surprisingly good. Despite Japan being a member of the Axis pact and the Soviet Union being allied with the British Empire and the United States, relations between Moscow and Tokyo remained reasonable and calm.

The document which defined this most unusual relationship was the Neutrality Pact of 1941, according to which the sides pledged to non-aggression and non-interference in any war the other side was waging.