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International organisations, including NATO and the EU, consider Lithuania a reliable member and a partner that actively helps other countries in the region along the path of integration.
Always supporting freedom and democracy
Ever since becoming the first country to separate from the Soviet Union’s oppressive regime, Lithuania has been championing democracy and human rights in the region.
Our fight has always been peaceful. In 1989, more than a million people joined hands, stretching from Vilnius to Tallinn in Estonia, showing the world that the Baltic nations will not stop until they get their independence back. In 2020, paying homage to the original feat and expressing their support for the democratic aspirations of our neighbours in Belarus, Lithuanians formed a human chain that stretched 32 km from Vilnius the Belarusian border.
Being part of the EU and NATO, Lithuania stands today together with the democratic world as a staunch supporter of Ukraine’s fight for its sovereignty and freedom.
In terms of contributing to the defence of Ukraine, Lithuania provided financial, humanitarian and military aid equating to 0.06% of the country’s GDP over the first four weeks of the war, which made Lithuania the third biggest donor in the world during the period. In March, the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, adopted a resolution calling for EU candidate status for Ukraine. All 123 participating MPs supported the call.
Tackling global challenges
Lithuania has become the first country in the EU to disconnect entirely from Russian gas supplies, calling on other European countries to follow suit. Since the beginning of April, the Lithuanian gas system has been operating free of Russian gas imports. The decision to reduce the country’s dependency on Russian energy was made back in 2014, when the Klaipėda LNG terminal, Independence, was inaugurated in a bid to end the monopoly of Russian gas supply.
Gas Interconnection Poland-Lithuania (GIPL), a gas pipeline connecting Lithuania and Poland, was launched on 1st of May 2022. The 508-kilometre GIPL gas pipeline connected Lithuania, the other Baltic countries and Finland’s gas market with the European Union via Poland. The pipeline stretches 165 kilometres in Lithuania and 343 kilometres in Poland.
Cyber security leaders
Cyber security is an essential component of country’s overall defence strategy. Lithuania currently ranks 6th globally in the National Cyber Security Index and leads an international cyber rapid response team that assists the key EU institutions. Last year, Lithuania increased its spending on cyber security by 30%, and it also hosts the Regional Cyber Defence Centre—a joint initiative of Lithuania and the US—fostering multilateral practical cooperation in cyber defence.
Lithuania was also an initiator of the EU Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) project: Cyber Rapid Response Teams and Mutual Assistance in Cyber Security (CRRT).
On 7 April, Lithuania welcomed its second unicorn, a cyber security tech firm, Nord Security, which has raised $100 million from investors at a $1.6 billion valuation. The company is best known for its product, NordVPN, which is one of the most popular VPNs in the world.