The mountainous central European country is home to picturesque castles and town squares, and is among the wealthiest of the continent's former socialist republics. Historically, the country has been a major hub for trans-European trade because of its location. Home to popular ski resorts, Slovakia draws millions of tourists each year. Like many other countries in the region, Slovakia is increasingly re-emerging as a battleground for influence between the West and Vladimir Putin's Russia.

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