The Macedonian army began preparing a ground for Monday to set up a fence at the border with Greece that would slow down the influx of immigrants, TV Telma said.

President Gjorge Ivanov said that the goal is to keep the inflow of immigrants at the level they can receive from EU countries. He reported that the fencing will only be lifted if circumstances require it.

The decision was made at a session of the National Security Council during the weekend, following the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.

President Ivanov pointed out that the fence "at this point is just one of the possibilities".

Macedonia will only lift the fence as "an indispensable measure" if the countries by which refugees and immigrants leave refrains, he said.

Macedonia is the second European country on the Balkan migrant route, after Greece in which migrants come from Turkey. (Hina)