Hungary further delays Finland and Sweden joining NATO
Flags of Finland, NATO and Sweden (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)
The Hungarian parliament has once again postponed the vote to ratify the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO, AP News reported on March 2.
The next attempt to hold the vote will be in two weeks.
Earlier, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he was in favor of Sweden and Finland joining NATO, but claimed that the governments of both countries "spread outright lies" about Hungary, prompting questions and objections from the members of his party.
In an interview on Feb. 24, Orban confirmed that Hungary would send a parliamentary delegation to Sweden and Finland to seek explanations before ratification was put to a vote.
Budapest has been postponing parliamentary ratification of Sweden's and Finland's applications for NATO membership since July 2022.
On Feb. 16, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said it was time to ratify the applications of Sweden and Finland to join the alliance.
Later, the Finnish parliament announced that they would vote on joining NATO without waiting for decisions from Turkey and Hungary. Finnish PM Sanna Marin said that if the procedures are carried out in advance, then "joining NATO will take no more than a few hours," after receiving ratification from all members.
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