Sweden restores compulsory civil service in the face of Russian threat

Sweden announced on Monday its intention to restore compulsory civil serviceremoved in 2008, due to the worsening security situation in the Baltic Sea after The war in Ukraine.

The Swedish prime minister, the conservative Ulf Kristerssonexplained at a press conference that the measure is part of the project to strengthen national defense and that the Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) will be commissioned this Thursday to draw up a plan, which will initially be will focus on municipal emergency services.

“On Thursday, the Government decides to give MSB the task of preparing a civil service activation in Sweden. We are returning to a situation in which we have a formalized civil duty,” Kristersson explained at a press conference with the Defense Minister.

The prime minister justified the decision, already contemplated by the previous Social Democratic government, by the situation in Ukraine: “The civil dimensions of both aggression and defense are critical.”

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