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    Serbia is ready to accept up to 6,000 or more migrants for the winter period, Tomislav Nikolic said.

    BELGRADE (Sputnik) – Serbia is ready to accept up to 6,000 or more migrants for the winter period, provided it receives financial assistance from the European Union, President Tomislav Nikolic said Wednesday

    "We are ready, unlike Macedonia, to accommodate migrants temporarily, especially in the winter. We can take from 3,000 to 6,000, maybe more," Nikolic said at a briefing after a trilateral meeting with European Council and Macedonian leaders in Brussels.

    Nikolic underscored that the EU exhibits "good will" in assisting Belgrade to accommodate more migrants, but noted that ministerial-level meetings would work out the concrete financial terms.

    Transit countries along the Balkan route, including Serbia and Macedonia, have instituted a rule in mid-November allowing passage only to Afghan, Iraqi and Syrian nationals fleeing war. Other third-party nationals are declared economic migrants and declined entry.

    Nikolic cited the figure of 5,500 people who cross the Serbian border on a daily basis en route to Western Europe.

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