Italy protests Austria's border plans

2017-07-04 17:23
A Syrian refugee upon their arrival from Lebanon at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo Da Vinci international airport. (Telenews, ANSA via AP)

A Syrian refugee upon their arrival from Lebanon at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo Da Vinci international airport. (Telenews, ANSA via AP)

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Vienna - Italy's foreign ministry has summoned Austria's ambassador to Italy, Rene Pollitzer, for consultations after Vienna said it was considering imposing border controls to prevent migrants arriving in Italy from entering its territory.

The ministry said on Tuesday that it made the diplomatic move "following the declarations of the Austrian government about the lining up of troops at the Brenner Pass".

The Brenner Pass is one of the principal routes connecting Italy with northern Europe and is particularly heavily used during the summer vacation season.

Austrian officials earlier said they are ready to deploy armoured vehicles to the border crossing to prevent a migrant spillover into Austria.

Austria last year threatened to build a wall along the border with Italy, drawing similar protests from Italy.

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