Fearing a likely attack from colonial-driven Russia to take control of its nearby territory, Lithuania has decided to prepare for such aggression by bringing back military conscription, the Euro News website reports today (February 25, 2015).
The draft in Lithuania ended in 2008, but the authorities said its renewal was necessary due to Russia's "growing aggression in Ukraine."
Lithuania shares a border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, and has reported airspace violations by Russia on several occasions in recent months. Lithuania also became a satellite of Soviet Russia after World War II, and remained under its control until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989.
"Today's geopolitical environment requires us to strengthen the army, and do it as fast as possible. This needs to be done in the nearest few years. That is why the State Defense Council decided we must temporarily renew conscription for the next five years. Conscripts will be drafted every year for nine months, about 3500 of Lithuania's citizens will be conscripted," announced Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.