Russia can replace Austria in U.N. Golan monitoring force: Putin

MOSCOW Fri Jun 7, 2013 8:54am EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during International Drug Enforcement Conference in Moscow June 5, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during International Drug Enforcement Conference in Moscow June 5, 2013.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia is ready to send peacekeepers to the Golan Heights to replace Austrian forces after Vienna said it would recall its troops from a U.N. monitoring force due to worsening fighting in Syria.

"We could replace the leaving Austrian contingent in this region on the border between Israeli troops and the Syrian army," Putin told the RIA Novosti news agency.

(Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel, Editing by Thomas Grove)

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