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Russia’s Aggression Prompts Latvia to Bring Back Conscription

Latvia's national flags are waved in Riga, Latvia.

Latvia's national flags are waved in Riga, Latvia.

Photographer: Gints Ivuskans/AFP/Getty Images

Latvia moved closer to reintroducing military conscription after scrapping it 15 years ago, as it seeks to bolster its defenses to deter Russian aggression. 

The government gave preliminary approval for the measure on Tuesday. Once approved by parliament, conscription would be back in place from next year and apply to men aged 18-27.