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Hungary’s PM Orban pledges to support Sweden’s NATO bid, expecting ratification soon.

Hungary to Ratify Sweden’s NATO Bid, PM Orban Says

Good News for NATO

The Hungarian parliament is set to ratify Sweden’s NATO membership during its upcoming spring session, according to Prime Minister Viktor Orban. He made the announcement to his supporters, expressing optimism about the resolution of the dispute between the two countries.

Rebuilding Trust

Orban revealed that he and Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson have taken steps to “rebuild trust” between Hungary and Sweden. However, he did not specify the nature of these actions.

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Sweden’s Bid for NATO

Sweden’s application to join NATO in May 2022 marked a significant policy shift in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Despite this, Hungary, the only NATO member yet to ratify Sweden’s application, has caused tensions with its allies, including the United States.

Obstacles and Delays

Orban’s ruling Fidesz party has attributed the delay in ratifying Sweden’s NATO bid to unfounded allegations of eroding democracy in Hungary. Despite expressing support for Sweden’s NATO membership, the legislation has been stalled in the Hungarian parliament since mid-2022.

Expected Ratification

Parliament is expected to reconvene on February 26, raising hopes for the long-awaited ratification of Sweden’s NATO membership by Hungary.

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