FYI, Lenin gave Finland independence in 1918, w/o him in power she would also remain part of Russia; Kerensky or his successors would need to sign an armistice with Germany anyway.
Well there you go... Finland is not a real country either...
thanks to the Western desire to bring them into direct contact with the USSR to facilitate the war between them.
But how was it ever to go any differently. Germany attacked west first so if that was the intent then it didn't really work.
the British had done most of the work for them. R. Gess last ditch effort was too little, too late- after they failed to accommodate the USSR- their diplomatic skill could be a lot better than it was.
The Thai WWII diplomacy was more skillful- by siding with Japan & later switching sides they avoided the bloodshed like in Malaysia, Burma, Vietnam & China.
If that is the definition then Italy was the most diplomatic...
Hitler hoped he would get support from the Brits & Japan if not USA once he took Moscow.
He did not. He was having the Luftwaffe bomb the UK and was getting bombed in turn by the Brits and the Yanks... many non nazi Germans thought taht when Hitler was out of the way they could form an alliance with the west and fight the Soviets but that wasn't even considered by the Brits and the Yanks at the time.
Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on 12/7/41 instead of Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, N. Sakhalin & Kamchatka only after it didn't happen.
They tried to invade Mongolia in 39 and were soundly beaten by the Soviets... leading them to change their focus from oil and wood and resources in Siberia to oil and wood and resources further south... in the Pacific... The US was a threat and needed to be challenged... the attack on Pearl Harbour was always going to be necessary... and if it was the Americans that planned and executed it it would have been an amazing piece of pre-emptive self defence... it was certainly not an unprovoked attack... the US and UK had Japan under shipping embargo... an act of war if ever there was one.
Despite their earlier defeat at Khalkhin Gol, the Japanese would've hoped to play on local separatism & could have used conscripted Koreans & Chinese to invade & occupy the Soviet FE.
What local separatism? Why do you think the Chinese or Koreans would fight for Japan in Mongolia or Russia... they didn't fight for them anywhere else...