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Russia's Balkan Power Play

Serbs go to the polls this weekend to elect a new president in a hotly contested election. But a looming low-intensity struggle between Russia and the West for influence in the country is casting a long shadow over the vote. Belgrade is barring observers from the United States and Britain from monitoring the poll. A leading presidential candidate is vowing to scuttle a key pre-membership agreement between Serbia and the European Union. And alarming, albeit unconfirmed, media reports allege that Russia is drawing up plans to eventually set up military bases in the country. Full Story

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