Austria Offers Macedonia Troops to Reinforce Border Control - Official

© AP Photo / Ronald ZakAustrian soldiers are building a fence to improve the procedure for arriving refugees at the border between Slovenian and Austria in Spielfeld, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
Austrian soldiers are building a fence to improve the procedure for arriving refugees at the border between Slovenian and Austria in Spielfeld, Austria, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Austria has proposed sending its soldiers to Macedonia to strengthen Macedonian borders amid the refugee influx, Austrian Defense Minister Hans Peter Doskozil said Wednesday.

Migrants wait to cross the border from Slovenia into Spielfeld in Austria, in this February 16, 2016 file photo. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Austria has earlier placed daily limits on the number of people entering their territory and the number of asylum applications.

"Austria is in favor of strengthening border controls along the "Balkan route' and offers support for Macedonia in the form of troops," Doskozil said before a meeting with the ministers of the Balkan countries, as quoted by Der Spiegel magazine.

A ministerial conference on the migrant crisis is taking place on Wednesday in Vienna with the leaders of Western Balkan states in attendance.

Europe is currently struggling to cope with a massive refugee influx, with thousands of refugees and migrants fleeing conflict-torn countries of the Middle East and North Africa in search of safety and refuge.

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