On its public governmental website, Lithuania states that it is committed to protecting the sovereignty of its state. Lithuania aims to protect its economic interests and preserve its cultural heritage through its National Security Strategy. It has a proactive regime in response to international terrorism, as it believes that international terrorism no longer recognizes borders.
Aftermath of World War II
Following World War II,
massive numbers of Lithuanians were deported from the country to
Siberia by Russian forces. Lithuania experienced some of the highest
losses during World War II and following the War. From 1944 to 1953,
Lithuania experienced anything but freedom. During these years,
Lithuania suffered from some of the bloodiest wars known to mankind.
Lithuanians combined forces with Estonians and Latvians to resist
the forces of the Soviet Union during this time period. Over 30,000
lives were lost during this resistance movement of Lithuania. Stalin
continued to exert pressure on Baltic nations like Lithuania in an
attempt to gain control over such countries. Until 1991, Lithuania
was under the oppression of Russian forces.
Modern Defence Policy of Lithuania
Today, Lithuania is a part of
the NATO treaty and is also a part of the European Union (EU).
Lithuania maintains an armed force that is known as the Lithuanian
Armed Forces. It is comprised of over 14,500 members. The security
policy is a proactive one, and it is intended to help Lithuania
integrate into the Western military culture. The security policy
provides for the total and unconditional defence of Lithuania.
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