MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, reports surfaced that Macedonia had completely closed its borders to illegal migrants after Slovenia and Serbia, following the restrictions imposed by the two countries’ governments.
“We have not closed our borders, it’s just because the other countries on the Balkan route are not accepting migrants and we have migrants that are waiting for three days to be accepted into Serbia … There are 430 people waiting to be accepted in Serbia,” the ministry’s press officer told Sputnik.
Serbia has also announced the closing of its borders with Macedonia and Bulgaria, while Croatia has refused to allow refugees to transit through its territory as well.
The decisions follow the Turkey-EU summit on migration in Brussels on Monday. The summit focused on stemming migration flows into the European Union. During the event, the sides discussed cooperation on migration, focusing on a speedy implementation of the EU-Turkey action plan approved in November.