Russia put Belgium on the map as an independent country, says Putin. What’s up with that?

It is largely thanks to Russia that Belgium is on the world map as an independent country. At least, that is the reading that Russian President Putin gives to our history. Are we really indebted to the Russians or should we not take lessons from Putin? Real historians still frown and tell a different story. Although they do notice one ‘merit’ from the Russians. “This is a very bizarre interpretation of history.”