Latvian defense minister Andrejs Krastins said yesterday that the country needs to accelerate the transition from the conscription system to a professional army. Krastins called for taking a "big foreign credit" to help fund the program. Prime Minister Andris Skele the preceding day endorsed the planned transition to a professional army. The existing conscription system has resulted in severe manpower shortages in Latvia’s nascent army. (BNS, June 26 and 27)
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