“NATO enlargement to take in members from the Balkan countries is undermining security and stability in the region, a senior Russian parliamentarian said on Monday.

Valentina Matviyenko, speaking in the upper house of Bosnia’s parliament, singled out neighboring Montenegro which recently became a NATO member, but also criticized Macedonia’s aspirations to join the U.S.-led military alliance.

‘Montenegro’s joining NATO against the will practically of half of its citizens has become the harshest violation of the basic principles of modern democracy,’ Matviyenko, speaker of the Russian parliament’s upper house, said.” (Reuters)