BELGRADE – The Serbian interior ministry said in a statement on Tuesday evening after Slovenia’s decision to shut down the Balkan route that it would coordinate all migration-related measures with the EU and implement them on its southern and eastern borders.

Croatia has informed the Serbian interior ministry that Slovenia, a member of the EU, will start enforcing the new regime for entering the Schengen zone and will not receive migrants without valid visas and passports as of midnight, says the statement.

This practically means the closing of the Balkan route, the ministry said.

With the new regime in place, Serbia cannot allow to become a collection center for refugees so it will coordinate all measures with the EU and reciprocally put them in place on its southern and eastern borders, toward Macedonia and Bulgaria, the ministry said.