The Hungarian Parliament approved Sweden’s entry into NATO. This was the only country whose agreement was still missing.

Stockholm’s proposal was approved – after almost two years of waiting – by an overwhelming majority of deputies. Thanks to the ratification of the agreement by the last NATO member, the Scandinavian country has overcome the last obstacle to joining the Western military alliance.

Shortly before the vote, Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced his support for this project. “Today we (…) will support Sweden’s entry into NATO,” the right-wing populist politician said at the beginning of the plenary session.

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson spoke of a “historic day” after the X vote. Sweden is ready to take its share of responsibility for NATO’s security.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also welcomed the vote. Sweden’s membership in NATO will make the alliance stronger and safer, the Norwegian wrote on X.

Orbán: Bilateral disputes resolved

Orbán stressed that it was important to resolve bilateral disputes before ratifying Sweden’s entry into NATO. This was done “with dignity” during the visit of Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson last Friday. Attempts from the outside to intervene in these disputes were of no use. Hungary is a sovereign state and does not tolerate any outside interference.

At the same time, Orban repeated that he does not see a “military solution” to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, but only an end to the war through negotiations.

Now that parliament has given the green light, the president still has to sign the accession protocol. The ratification must then appear in the Official Gazette of Hungary. This may take up to eight days. Ratification must then be formally deposited with the US State Department in Washington. Sweden would then receive the approval of all 31 current NATO members.

Türkiye blocked NATO membership for several months

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Sweden and Finland applied for NATO membership in May 2022. Finland was admitted to the alliance as the 31st member in April 2023.

Sweden, on the other hand, fought for many months to get the treaty ratified by NATO members Turkey and Hungary. Turkey, in particular, has long actively blocked this process and justified this position, among other things, by what it considered Sweden’s inadequate commitment against “terrorist organizations.”

In January, the country finally approved Sweden’s application to NATO. This meant that the Swedes only needed Hungary’s consent. (dpa/AFP/ank)

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