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Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar on Thursday harshly criticised Croatia, accusing it of behaving in an non-European fashion and of purposely sending large groups of migrants to the border with Slovenia, adding that when it came to migrants, there was no communication between the two countries.

Cerar told Slovenian Television that he had very briefly talked on the phone with Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic and that he had warned him that targeted and dispersive bringing of a large number of migrants to the Slovenian border and sending those migrants to the rivers represented a non-European behaviour which can be dangerous and cause conflicts in the future.

"We have noticed that Croatia is behaving in a non-European fashion," Cerar said adding that he had explained this to Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos who was on a visit to Ljubljana on Thursday and that Avramopoulos "shared his opinion".

I believe this Croatian behaviour would be visible also on Sunday at the summit of Balkan and central European countries in Brussels, the Slovenian PM told Slovenian Television.

Slovenian Interior Minister Vesna Gyoerkoes Znidar said earlier on Thursday that Slovenia had requested financial and material assistance from the European Union to be able to provide for migrants. Italy, Austria, Germany and the Visegrad Group member states (Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland) have already offered assistance to Slovenia.

After a meeting with Avramopoulos, Gyoerkoes Znidar said Slovenia was also offered the assistance of Frontex, adding however that this would not be a solution for the uncontrolled entry of migrants in Slovenia and that Frontex should be sent to Croatia as the external EU border and in Greece and thus control the migrant influx from Turkey.

Slovenian police chief Marjan Frank told Slovenian Television on Thursday that Croatia had not respected the agreement that the Austrian, Slovenian and Croatian police chiefs reached in Vienna on Wednesday regarding a better communication during the migrant crisis.

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