If no agreement is reached with Croatia on the opening of the Bajakovo border crossing in the next 30 hours, the Serbian government will apply a prepared package of measures to protect and defend its own economic interests, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić warned on Tuesday in Belgrade.
Vucic said at a press conference after an extraordinary session of the government and the Office for Security Coordination, said today that he spoke with Prime Minister of Croatia Zoran Milanovic and "understands his torment" and that these talks will continue and seek to reach an agreement.
"The government has prepared a package of measures that would make Serbia, if that conversation fails, as a measure of defense itself and its economic interests by 24. September at midnight. We have more 30 hours to reach a final agreement and I'm confident we can do it, "Vučić said.
The package consists of three levels of measure: political, legal and economic nature.
"I hope that we will not have to apply any of them," said Vucic, and stressed that he had an "open conversation" with Croatian counterpart Milanovic.
"We will continue to talk tonight, tonight, tomorrow morning ... and I hope we will succeed in reaching an agreement to avoid any unilateral acts, sanctions, reciprocal measures ... against any country," Vučić told the Serbian government.
He stressed that Bajakovo border crossing is not fully open because only trucks with decommissioning goods are leaking and assessed that there is a shift, but that "the vital economic interests of Serbia are still significantly compromised."
Vučić also pointed out that in the refugee crisis "Serbia will help as much as he can", but he can not and does not want to determine where the refugees are going and where to go.
The Customs Administration of the Republic of Serbia announced on Tuesday afternoon that Croatia around 16,15 unblocked the Bajakovo-Batrovci border crossing for freight traffic, and traffic normalization could be expected within 24 hours, as the Serbian-based truck column from about 12 kilometers.
From midnight until midnight, Croatian border authorities closed Bajakovo for freight traffic, the only one remaining on the border with Serbia since the beginning of the refugee crisis, which along the Serbian side of the highway created a collapse of ten kilometers and made normal traffic difficult.
This decision provoked the sharp reactions of Serbian politicians who called Croatia for inaccuracy, and Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic responded today to "little tone".