Austria's Defense Minister Mario Kunasek (L) talks with Chief of Staff Othmar Commenda after a news conference in Vienna, Austria, February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader/File Photo
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Austria proposed Thursday using European Union armed forces to support the bloc's border guards in barring undocumented migrants, as Vienna's conservative-far right coalition seeks tougher control of EU land and sea frontiers.Defense Minister Mario Kunasek outlined his plan, based on Austria's past use of soldiers at its borders, to his EU counterparts at a closed-door meeting in Vienna, stressing that soldiers would be under police control, diplomats said.The proposal to put the military at the service of the EU's Frontex border agency follows an Austrian drill in June, overseen by the country's far-right interior minister, which enacted the arrival of hundreds of migrants and involved Black Hawk helicopters and soldiers.
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