Serbia does not redirect refugees to Croatia, and Zagreb's allegations are malicious, Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanović said on Tuesday and stressed that the MUP will be ready to apply reciprocal measures if adopted by governments at today's extraordinary session on closing the Bajakovo crossing for freight traffic .
Minister Stefanovic stressed that "the MUP completely dismisses allegations and malicious allegations that our country is deliberately redirecting refugees towards Croatia," arguing that Serbia does not in any way interfere with the movement of refugees nor restrict their freedom of movement.
"It is clear to everyone that the migration routes can not in any way be influenced because people who flee from the war in their countries in all ways want to go to Western Europe," said Tanjug's statement by the Serbian Minister of Police.
And Stefanovic reiterated earlier calls by Serbian officials to enable smooth flow of goods and freight traffic to Bajakovo, saying "blocking border crossings is causing huge damage" to the economy of the entire region and Europe. "The Ministry of the Interior is ready to realize all the decisions of the Government of the Republic of Serbia as well as the Prime Minister's orders in terms of reciprocal measures towards Croatia, if normalization of the goods flow and freight traffic is not normalized," Stefanovic said.
As Hin said in the Commission for Refugees and Migrations, no government body or organization has established a route for migrants entering Serbia from the Greek and Macedonian directions, and partly in Bulgaria.
The Red Cross says that "a change of route could be expected after Hungary closed the Horgos 1 and Horgos 2 crossings last week" and that the work of this organization is to supply them with food, water and help, especially with mothers with children.
Serbia has today activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to receive material support due to increased influx of refugees and asylum seekers, the EU Info Center in Belgrade said. Help is required for beds, mattresses, hygienic agents, vehicles, fuel and food.
An emergency session of the Office for Coordination of Security Services will be held in Belgrade during the afternoon. The session was scheduled by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, and the migration crisis and the unilateral decision of Croatia to close the border for Serbia's freight transport, was confirmed in the Serbian government, where a session is expected that announced countermeasures on the closing of the Bajakovo crossing.