Austria to send troops to border amid tightened controls
Vienna: The Austrian federal government announced it will send 2,200 armed forces troops to its borders to help police control the ongoing asylum seeker crisis. The news was announced by Chancellor Werner Faymann and Vice-Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner at a press conference in Vienna, Xinhua reported. Faymann said the troop deployment was requested by the interior ministry, and will primarily oversee humanitarian aid, but will also help in a border control capacity where the need arises. He stressed that as with Germany’s tightened restrictions, the borders would not be closed, and that the Schengen Agreement rules would still apply.