Hungarian parliament votes on Sweden’s entry into NATO

On the difficult road to NATO, Sweden is expected to overcome the final and decisive hurdle on Monday. The Hungarian Parliament wants to vote on Sweden’s application for NATO membership in its first plenary meeting after returning from winter break. A vote is expected to be held in the afternoon.

It is assumed that Parliament will approve the proposal, as Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling Fidesz party has recently signaled its support for approving the long-rejected proposal. This will pave the way for Sweden to join the Western defense alliance 21 months after the application was submitted.

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine two years ago, Sweden and Finland applied for membership in NATO in May 2022. While Finland was accepted into the alliance as the 31st member in April 2023, Sweden struggled for months longer to prevent NATO members Turkey and Hungary from ratifying it. Türkiye lifted the blockade in January, while Hungary continued to delay its approval. On Friday, Orban and Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson finally announced an agreement in Budapest for Hungary to purchase four new Swedish JAS 39 Gripen fighter jets.

(APA/dpa)

Source: Vienna

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