After a war in 2008, Moscow recognised the separatist South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent, while the West still holds these to be occupied Georgian territories. Moscow has thousands of troops deployed in bases there. Due to this, Georgia‘s chances of entering the EU and NATO remain dubious.
The idea to implement universal military conscription has revealed the nation‘s sore. With Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis announcing that universal conscription where all youths leaving school would be called to serve being potentially implemented from 2019, calculations have appeared that the number of those suitable to serve would only reach 6,000. […]