Soviet–Lithuanian Mutual Assistance Treaty

The Soviet–Lithuanian Mutual Assistance Treaty (Lithuanian: Lietuvos-Sovietų Sąjungos savitarpio pagalbos sutartis) was a bilateral treaty signed between the Soviet Union and Lithuania on October 10, 1939. According to provisions outlined in the treaty, Lithuania would acquire about one fifth of the Vilnius Region, including Lithuania's historical capital, Vilnius, and in exchange would allow five Soviet military bases with 20,000 troops to be established across Lithuania. In essence the treaty with Lithuania was very similar to the treaties that the Soviet Union signed with Estonia on September 28, and with Latvia on October 5. According to official Soviet sources, the Soviet military was strengthening the defenses of a weak nation against possible attacks by Nazi Germany. The treaty provided that Lithuania's sovereignty would not be affected. However, in reality the treaty opened the door for the first Soviet occupation of Lithuania and was described by The New York Times as "virtual sacrifice of independence."

Read more about Soviet–Lithuanian Mutual Assistance Treaty:  See Also

Other articles related to "mutual assistance treaty":

Soviet–Lithuanian Mutual Assistance Treaty - See Also
... Soviet–Estonian Mutual Assistance Treaty Soviet–Latvian Mutual Assistance Treaty Polish National-Territorial Region ...

Famous quotes containing the words treaty, mutual and/or assistance:

    He was then in his fifty-fourth year, when even in the case of poets reason and passion begin to discuss a peace treaty and usually conclude it not very long afterwards.
    —G.C. (Georg Christoph)

    Then, anger
    was a crease in the brow
    and silence
    a catastrophe.
    Then, making up
    was a mutual smile
    and a glance
    a gift.
    Now, just look at this mess
    that you’ve made of that love.
    You grovel at my feet
    and I berate you
    and can’t let my anger go.
    Amaru (c. seventh century A.D.)

    But a problem occurs about nothing. For that from which something is made is a cause of the thing made from it; and, necessarily, every cause contributes some assistance to the effect’s existence.
    Anselm of Canterbury (1033–1109)