Hungary will approve the accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO next year: Prime Minister

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said Thursday that parliament will approve Finland and Sweden joining NATO next year, with only Budapest and Ankara remaining to give the green light to their bids.

“As we have already informed Sweden and Finland, Hungary supports the membership of these two countries in NATO. It will be on the agenda of the first session of the parliament” next year, Orbán told reporters after a meeting with regional counterparts in Slovakia.

The first session of parliament next year is due to begin in February.

All 30 NATO members, except Hungary and Turkey, have ratified the accession of Sweden and Finland, which abandoned decades of military non-alignment to bid to join NATO after Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

New members of the NATO alliance require unanimous approval.

Hungary’s ruling party has repeatedly rejected a planned parliamentary vote on the issue, although the government insists it supports the two Nordic countries joining NATO.

Earlier this month, the head of Orbán’s administration, Gergely Gulyás, said Hungary must implement anti-corruption reforms closely watched in Brussels before parliament can turn to the NATO issue.

EU member Hungary is in talks with Brussels to release billions of euros in EU funding that is currently being held up due to corruption concerns.

The Hungarian opposition has accused Orbán’s party of refusing to put the issue on the parliamentary agenda for a vote.

The Socialist party called it “incomprehensible and unjustified”, while the Momentum party accused the government of “blackmailing” the European Union.


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