Sweden must wait – Hungary agrees Finland to join NATO

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Hungary’s parliament on Monday approved Finland’s accession to NATO by 182 votes in favour. Sweden is still waiting for a decision. The parliamentary majority for this inclusion is currently too uncertain, it said.

According to its own statements, the Orbán government supports the NATO accession of both countries. The Finnish government received the green light on Monday with 182 votes in favour, six against and 11 abstentions. The head of the parliamentary group of the right-wing governing Fidesz party, Mate Kocsis, had previously stated that it was a “special historic friendship and a special alliance”. This could solve existing problems.

To join the military alliance, all 30 NATO countries must agree. Finland’s government, like Sweden’s, initially had neither Hungary nor Turkey behind it. However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has now announced that he will ratify Finland’s accession. This means that the Northern European country could soon become part of NATO.

Sweden, on the other hand, has to wait for both approvals. The Hungarian government argued that Swedish politicians were spreading “lies about Hungary”, making a parliamentary majority too precarious. From Turkey it was said that the Swedish government should take a harder line against Kurdish activists.

Source: Krone

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