September 22, 2015 / 4:30 PM / 4 years ago

Serbia sets Croatia deadline to lift border blockade or face retaliation

Migrants wait to cross the border from Serbia near Tovarnik, Croatia September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Branko Filipovic/Stringer

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia gave Croatia an end-Wednesday deadline to fully lift a blockade on cargo traffic or face retaliatory measures, as relations between the ex-Yugoslav neighbors sour over the flow of migrants across their joint border.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said his government had readied political, legal and economic measures against European Union member Croatia. He said he would continue talks with his Croatian counterpart, Zoran Milanovic, in hope of reaching a deal before a deadline Vucic said would expire at midnight on Wednesday.

Writing by Matt Robinson; Editing by Dominic Evans

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