Hungary, Following Türkiye, Also Ratifies Finland's NATO Accession without Sweden

Friday, 17 March 2023

Hungary's parliamentary group "Fidesz" has decided to consider the ratification of the protocols on joining NATO of Finland and Sweden separately.

"On behalf of the "Fidesz" group, I would like to inform you that we have decided to support Finland's NATO accession. We will postpone the vote in the parliament until March 27. We will vote then unanimously in favour," wrote Máté Kocsis, head of the parliamentary group "Fidesz," on Facebook.

He added that the parliament would decide on Sweden's NATO accession later.

The Parliament of Hungary had agreed to consider accepting new NATO members on March 31 (Ukr).

"Fidesz's" decision was published right after the announcement of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He promised to ratify Finland's NATO accession separately from Sweden.

Sweden and Finland jointly applied to join NATO after Russia's open attack on Ukraine last year but faced unexpected objections from Türkiye.

Türkiye has recently softened its stance on Finland and has hinted that it is ready to approve its membership separately from Sweden but - like Hungary - has not yet ratified the application.

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