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Austria sees no alternative to border checks for now, says Schallenberg

By: J.S., STA

Visiting Slovenia as the first foreign official after the new government was sworn in, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said that Austria did not see any alternative to checks on its internal Schengen border with Slovenia, citing the war in Ukraine and an increase in illegal migration.

Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon said Slovenia saw no reason to maintain border controls and Prime Minister Robert Golob called for checks to be lifted as soon as possible. The countries otherwise reaffirmed good bilateral cooperation in various fields and stressed the importance of minorities for such relations. Golob and Schallenberg also discussed alternative gas sources.

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