The Seimas of Lithuania on Thursday voted in favour of restoring conscription in the country. The first stage of military draft is scheduled for August-September, National Defence Minister Juozas Olekas said.
A bill on the restoration of military conscription will be brought before the Seimas of Lithuania, parliament, on Thursday. Both the ruling and the opposition political groups have pledged their support.
Inadequatetly, only 35-percent manned Lithuanian army is not capable of actually defending the country, says chief presidential advisor on foreign affairs Jovita Neliupšienė. She stressed that this situation is what inspired the decision to restore a conscript army.
The Social Democratic political group in the Seimas will support the reintroduction of military conscription, says the leader of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP), Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius.