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Hungary to approve Sweden and Finland’s NATO bids next year – POLITICO

Hungary will ratify Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO membership applications early next year, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced Thursday at a V4 group meeting in Slovakia.

“As far as NATO is concerned, the government has taken the decision, and we have informed Sweden and Finland that Hungary supports the membership of these two countries in NATO,” Orbán said.

While other NATO members were quick to welcome Finland and Sweden’s request to join the transatlantic defense alliance after Russia invaded Ukraine, Hungary and Turkey did not. have not yet ratified their membership.

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin told POLITICO earlier that she does not expect Hungary and Turkey to block NATO expansion, but warned of the risks of delaying membership . Orbán’s chief of staff signaled in October that Budapest planned to give the green light to expanding the alliance by mid-December at the latest.

Hungary’s dragging its feet on NATO expansion plans has angered fellow V4 member countries – Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia – who are among Ukraine’s staunchest supporters in Europe.


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