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Serbia Bans Cargo Vehicles in Response to Croatian Border Blockade

24.09.2015 09:43

Serbia has forbidden the entry of Croatian cargo vehicles in response to Croatia's border blockade, imposed amid a massive influx of refugees, Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic announced.

Stefanovic told reporters on Wednesday as quoted by RT that Serbian police will "not allow the entry through any border crossing any cargo vehicle registered in Croatia, nor any truck carrying goods made in Croatia."

Last week, Croatia closed traffic on seven of its eight land border crossings with neighbouring Serbia, announcing that it could not handle any more refugees.

Thousands of migrants from conflict-torn regions in the Middle East and Africa had been crossing into Croatia on a daily basis, in search of alternative routes to Western Europe after Hungary sealed its border with Serbia.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday that he had requested, in writing, an explanation from the EU leadership in relation to Croatia's decision to close its border with Serbia.

According to Vuciс, Croatia offered no explanation for its decision, which was made unilaterally.

Serbian Ambassador to Russia Slavenko Terzic said on Wednesday that Belgrade was planning to adopt countermeasures should the Croatian border crossings with Serbia remain closed.

In recent months, the European Union has faced the largest wave of refugees since World War II.

Over 500,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in the bloc so far this year, according to the European Commission.