Hungary indicates that it will likely support Sweden's bid for NATO later in the year

Hungary indicates that it will likely support Sweden’s bid for NATO later in the year

Hungarian lawmaker Zsolt Nemeth said there was no need to hold an extraordinary session of parliament sooner to approve the decision as Turkish approval would come later.

The nationalist Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orban, has delayed ratification, but his foreign minister said earlier this month that Budapest will not delay the process if Türkiye dropped its oppositionwhich I did on Monday.

“We will start working in mid-September,” Nemeth, chairman of the Hungarian parliament’s foreign affairs committee, told private broadcaster InfoRadio.

There is no need to act sooner as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogwill not Certification referral Sweden’s NATO membership in the Turkish parliament until its reopening in European autumnHe said.

Sweden and Finland applied for NATO membership last year in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, abandoning decades-long military non-alignment policies of the Cold War.

Ankara has hung on the ratification for months, accusing Sweden of not doing much against people Turkey considers terrorists, most of them Kurdish members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Hungary’s ratification process has been stalled in Parliament since last July, as Orbán expressed concerns about the Nordic countries’ membership in NATO.

Hungarian lawmakers approved Finland’s offer in late March.

(Reporting by Gergely Zakas; Editing by Mark Heinrichs and Connor Humphreys.)


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