aA
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.
Algirdas Butkevičius
Algirdas Butkevičius
© DELFI / Orestas Gurevičius

"I think the Social Democratic political group will support the draft law. The political group has not discussed the issue yet, but we hope to do this today and act very responsibly," Butkevičius told the radio Žinių Radijas on Thursday.

The prime minister did not exclude the possibility that new proposals may be submitted during deliberations. One of such proposals is raised by Butkevičius himself, i.e., to also provide a possibility to carry out shorter than 9 month military service.

The prime minister added that the Ministry of National Defence intends to raise the salaries of professional soldiers in the near future. The Government has been preparing a related resolution.

"The financial situation has shifted, thus we must talk not only about purchases of new armaments, but also about wages of people who use it. The question has been raised and I believe is among the priorities," said Butkevičius.

As reported, the reintroduction of conscription will be included in this week's agenda of the Seimas and will be considered as a matter of urgency.

If conscription is reintroduced, then 3,000-3,500 men will be conscripted in the autumn. The government has said that the number may be lower if enough volunteers join the military service.

Elta EN
It is forbidden to copy the text of this publication without a written permission from ELTA.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

First Lithuanian coronavirus patient's family members undergoing tests

The Lithuanian woman, 39, who was diagnosed with the new coronavirus on Friday, evaded contact with...

1st coronavirus case confirmed in Lithuania (1)

The first coronavirus case was confirmed in Lithuania early Friday morning, the country's Health...

Health ministry expands list of risky territories over coronavirus

Lithuania's Health Ministry has put Hong Kong , Iran, South Korea and Singapore onto the list...

Lithuania declares nationwide emergency due to coronavirus threat

The Lithuanian government declared on Wednesday a nationwide emergency in an effort to minimize...

Police chief in Kaunas Zukauskas sacked

Darius Zukauskas , chief of Kaunas County Chief Police Commissariat , has been dismissed from the...

Top news

1st coronavirus case confirmed in Lithuania (1)

The first coronavirus case was confirmed in Lithuania early Friday morning, the country's Health...

Hundreds of fans ask for refund of tickets to Zalgiris' Euroleague game

Several hundred basketball fans have asked for refunds of their tickets to the upcoming Friday game...

First Lithuanian coronavirus patient's family members undergoing tests

The Lithuanian woman, 39, who was diagnosed with the new coronavirus on Friday, evaded contact with...

Health ministry expands list of risky territories over coronavirus

Lithuania's Health Ministry has put Hong Kong , Iran, South Korea and Singapore onto the list...

Vilnius is 7th most accessible city in Europe

Vilnius came in 7th place beating many other European tourist hotspots.

|Maža didelių žinių kaina