Austria moves troops to Hungary Serbia border

VIENNA: Austria on Thursday sent 60 troops to Hungary’s border with non-EU Serbia as Vienna’s defense minister warned that the EU’s migrants deal with Turkey was “showing cracks”.
Austria’s defense ministry said that the soldiers will not be armed or be involved in intercepting people making it past Hungary’s border fence with Serbia.
Hungary has been criticized by rights groups and others for its alleged mistreatment of refugees and its refusal to take in some of the huge numbers of refugees who arrived in Europe in 2015.
Based at Hodmezovasarhely near Szeged in south-east Hungary initially for six months, the Austrian soldiers are sappers who will help build roads and erect containers.
Defense Minister Hans Peter Doskozil said that EU countries needed to do more to protect their borders because the bloc’s accord with Turkey risked unraveling.

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