Lithuania to reintroduce conscription
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Lithuania to reintroduce conscription
Quote:Lithuania is to reintroduce conscription over concerns about "the current geopolitical environment" in the Baltic states, President Dalia Grybauskaite said.

Conscription will be renewed for a five-year-period to "enhance and accelerate army recruitment", she said.

Ms Grybauskaite did not specifically refer to the situation in Ukraine, but neighbouring states have expressed worries about Russian aggression.

Parliament must still approve the plan.

Lithuania was formerly a part of the Soviet Union, along with Latvia and Estonia, but sought to join Nato and the EU upon independence in 1991.

Its proximity to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, has lead to fears about possible interference from Russia.

Russia carried out a military drill there in December that featured 9,000 soldiers and more than 55 naval vessels.

Some analysts have warned that it could extend its actions in Ukraine and breed instability in Baltic states, whether through Russian-speaking minorities, energy policy or cyber warfare.

Last September Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania agreed to set up joint military unit of several thousand soldiers.

Officials said they planned to make the unit fully operational within 24 months so it could take part in peacekeeping missions or form the basis of a Nato battle group if one was needed in the future.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31607930
2015 Feb 24 17:34
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RE: Lithuania to reintroduce conscription
Aw fuck, not again:
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"And now if a whole nation fell into that? In such a case, I answer, infallibly they will return out of it. For life is no cunningly-devised deception or self deception, it is a great truth that thou art alive, that thou hast desires, necessities: neither can these subsist and satisfy themselves on delusions, but on fact. To fact, depend on it, we shall come back: to such fact, blessed or cursed, as we have wisdom for."
Thomas Carlyle
2015 Feb 25 16:47
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