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Monday, 30 January 2023 06:14 GMT

Hungary is under pressure to approve NATO membership expansion


(MENAFN) Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has stated that Finland and Sweden's NATO membership aspirations will be among the first topics on the table when the nation's parliament reconvenes next year, most likely in mid-February.

“I would like to underline that the Swedes and the Finns have not lost a single minute of membership because of Hungary,” Orban asserted, as quoted by Euronews, highlighting that the prime ministers of Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia had pushed him to proceed with the process amid their conference on Thursday.

“We have already confirmed to both Finland and Sweden that Hungary supports the membership of these two countries in NATO, and at the first session of next year, Parliament will put this on the agenda,” the Hungarian PM asserted, apparently after encountering pressure to voice a clear timeline amid a Visegrad Group conference in Slovakia.

Orban's chief of staff, Gergely Gulyas, indicated last month that there was a "good probability" the Hungarian parliament would vote before the autumn session ended in mid-December. Typically, the parliament reconvenes in early February.

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