Hungary, Tukey, to ratify Finland's accession to NATO separately from Sweden
Hungary and Turkey ratify Finland's NATO membership separately from Sweden (Photo:NATO.int)
On March 27, the Hungarian parliament will hold a vote to ratify Finland's accession to NATO, Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said in a Twitter post on March 17.
This means that Hungary is following Turkey’s example and will approve Finland's entry into the alliance separately from Sweden.
The head of the ruling Fidesz party in the parliament, Mate Kocsis, confirmed that his party will consider the issues of ratifying the protocols of Finland and Sweden joining NATO separately.
"On behalf of the Fidesz group, I would like to inform you that we have decided to support Finland's accession to NATO,” he wrote on Facebook.
“We will postpone the vote in parliament on this issue until March 27, when we (will) vote unanimously in favor."
Kocsis added the decision regarding Sweden's accession to NATO will be made by later.
Earlier on March 17, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country is starting the process of ratifying the protocol on Finland's accession to NATO.
At the same time, Ankara and Budapest aren’t planning to ratify the accession to NATO of another Scandinavian country – Sweden.
Sweden and Finland simultaneously filed bids to join NATO in May 2022 amid Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine. Applications must be ratified by the parliaments of all NATO member states.
Hungary and Turkey are the only remaining allies to ratify Sweden and Finland joining the alliance.
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