Macedonia, the New U.S.-Russia Battlefield

Kremlin sees anti-government protests as threat to pipeline plans.

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Macedonia is a poor, landlocked Balkan country of about 2 million. To the Kremlin, it's also the newest front in an ideological battle, with the U.S. fomenting regime change to counter Russia's influence. As is often the case, that view is correct to the extent that Russian interests are aligned with those of a corrupt authoritarian ruler.

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