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    US Seeks to Wreck Macedonia to Satisfy Its Ambitions in EU Energy Market

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    The Turkish Stream pipeline, proposed by Russia, is expected to pass through the territory of Macedonia. The US seeks to prevent it and stage a coup in the country, at the same time promoting the Trans Adriatic Pipeline - the energy project that would enable gas supplies from the allied Azerbaijan and decrease EU’s energy dependence on Russia.

    The unrest in Macedonia plays into the hands of the US which seeks to prevent gas transports from Russia to Europe and is planning to promote another pipeline project, enabling transports of natural gas from the allied Azerbaijan, Deutsche Witrschafts Nachrichten reported.

    The construction of the alternative Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) started in 2015. The Turkish Stream is a direct competitor to TAP, which is expected to transport Azerbaijani gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe.

    If the TAP project succeeds, the US will have an enormous controlling influence over the gas supplies to Europe as Azerbaijan closely cooperates with NATO and is allied with the US politically, militarily and economically, the article said.

    According to the Azerbaijani newspaper Yeni Musavat, the United States is worried about the participation of Greece in the Turkish stream project. The unrest in Macedonia gives the US a chance to stage a coup and establish a pro-Western government in Macedonia, whose Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski maintains friendly relations with Russia and supports the construction of the Turkish Stream pipeline.

    The US ambassador to Macedonia, Jess L. Baily, has already publicly supported the Macedonian opposition leader Zoran Zaev, who is well-known among the Macedonian population as a "man of America".

    According to Serbian political scientist Dusan Prorokovic, as soon as Macedonia started to build relations with Russia, the situation in the country suddenly radicalized, as the West certainly did not like the steps taken by Gruevski's government.

    The events in Macedonia are the beginning of a wave, which will be directed against all those countries in Europe that support the Turkish Stream project, the Azerbaijani newspaper Yeni Musavat wrote.

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