Report: Croatia halts Serb vehicles while Serb-Hungary border is shut

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As long as Hungary keeps the Serbian border crossing at Horgos-Röszke closed to “migrants from the Middle East”, Croatia will not allow vehicles with Serbian license plates to enter Croatia, Croatian Interior Minister Ranko Ostojic said today, Hungarian online daily index.hu reported.

That ultimatum is the latest in a growing feud between Croatia and Serbia following the closure of the entire length of the Hungarian-Serbian border with a fence and stricter border laws that took effect on September 15 to stop the influx of refugees to Hungary from Serbia.

The feud has brought Serb-Croat relations to their lowest point since since the overthrow of late Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic in 2000, Reuters notes.

In order to bypass the fence between Serbia and Hungary, refugees trying to get to Germany have modified their routes towards Croatia. But within days of initially welcoming refugees, Croatia announced that it could not cope with the huge inflow of people. It closed its border with Serbia on September 17, and began busing refugees to Hungary, the next day, Friday.

Serbia gave an ultimatum to Croatia saying it must open its borders by midnight last night, but Croatia did not comply this morning, so Serbia banned entry of Croatian cargo into Serbia.

Croatia responded by banning cars and trucks registered in Serbia from entering Croatia until further notice, a Croatian police officer told Reuters news agency this morning.

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