Austria calls announced border controls misunderstanding
The dispute between Austria and Italy about possible checks at their common border is based on a misunderstanding. That said, the Austrian chancellor Christian Core Wednesday.
Core insured Rome, and his army, no tanks deployed at a major border crossing.
The Austrian minister of Defence Hans Peter Doskozil had on Tuesday declared “very fast” border control to enter to the border with Italy for it to stop migrants. An officer of his ministry had added that four armored vehicles and 750 soldiers were ready, if necessary, to be used.
There would be more checks to come on the busy Brenner pass. This elicited a furious reaction from Rome.
“There must be misunderstandings, clear the path, such as that apparently in Italy have arisen”, said Core Wednesday at a joint press conference with Doskozil. He further said that Austria is preparing to checks to perform at the Brenner pass, as there, there is an increase of migrants. “But at this moment, that is not needed.”
“We don’t put tanks in at the Brenner, and I can once again emphasize that the cooperation with Italy is really good.” According to Core, there are no indications that Italy has no control over his southern flank, where this year alone, more than 80,000 migrants arrived via the Mediterranean Sea.