- Treaty of Lyubutsk
Treaty of Lyubutsk was a peace treaty signed in summer of 1372 between
Algirdas, Grand Duke of Lithuania, and Dmitri Donskoi, Prince of Moscow. The treaty resulted in a seven-year peace period. [lt icon cite encyclopedia | editor=Jonas Zinkus, et. al | encyclopedia=Tarybų Lietuvos enciklopedija | title=Liubutsko sutartis | year=1985–1988 | publisher=Vyriausioji enciklopedijų redakcija | volume=II | location=Vilnius, Lithuania | pages=637]
Influence and power of the
Grand Duchy of Moscowgrew steadily and its interests clashed with those of Lithuania. After the Battle of Blue Watersin 1362 Lithuania took over Kievand became direct neighbor of Moscow. [cite book| url=http://books.google.com/books?id=xxREnBcMFcEC&pg=PA88&sig=TcQb-bgU5mnTcUYhrvzC7eWBgjg#PPA86,M1 |title=A Companion to Russian Studies: An Introduction to Russian History |first=Robert |last=Auty |coauthors= Dimitri Obolensky | publisher=Cambridge University Press |year=1981 |pages=86 | isbn=0521280389] Algirdas assisted Tver, chief rival of Moscow, and attempted to promote his brother-in-law Mikhail II of Tverto the throne of Vladimir, a long-time possession of Moscow.cite book | last=Kiaupa | first=Zigmantas | coauthors=Jūratė Kiaupienė, Albinas Kunevičius | title=The History of Lithuania Before 1795 | origyear=1995 | edition=English | year=2000 | publisher=Lithuanian Institute of History | location=Vilnius | isbn=9986-810-13-2 | pages=123–124] In 1372 Algirdas organized a third attack against Moscow. Other two attacks in 1368 and 1370 reached the city of Moscow, but did not succeed in taking the city's kremlin. In 1372 Lithuanian army was stopped near Lyubutsk, a village on the Oka Rivernortheast of Tula. Lithuanian vanguard troops were defeated and had to retreat. Algirdas secured his position in steep hills and faced Dmitri's army. After a period of standoff, the peace treaty was concluded. [lt icon cite encyclopedia | last=Jonynas | first=Ignas | editor=Vaclovas Biržiška | encyclopedia=Lietuviškoji enciklopedija | title=Algirdas | year=1933–1944 | publisher=Spaudos Fondas | volume=I | location=Kaunas | pages=292] Algirdas agreed to abandon the plans of promoting Mikhail thus ending Lithuania's assistance to Tver. The peace lasted for about seven years until 1379, when after the death of Algirdas in 1377 his eldest son Andrei of Polotskallied himself with Moscow against Jogaila.lt icon cite encyclopedia | last=Jonynas | first=Ignas | editor=Vaclovas Biržiška | encyclopedia=Lietuviškoji enciklopedija | title=Andrius | year=1933–1944 | publisher=Spaudos Fondas | volume=I | location=Kaunas | pages=575–585]
The raids to Moscow consumed many resources, but did not achieve any significant results. They strengthened Moscow's prestige and influence in
Rus'and signified that Lithuanian eastward expansion into Slavic lands was coming to an end.
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