PM Orbán promises fast ratification of Sweden’s NATO membership

Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán conducted a phone call with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is greeted by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg before a summit of heads of state and government at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán reported on his X social media account that he had spoken to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on the phone and confirmed that the Hungarian government supports Sweden’s membership of NATO.

“I also stressed that we will continue to urge the Hungarian parliament to vote in favor of Sweden’s accession and to complete ratification at the earliest opportunity,” the post read.

As Remix News recently reported, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán invited his Swedish counterpart, Ulf Kristersson, to visit Hungary to “negotiate” regarding Sweden’s accession into NATO.

Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billström responded to the invitation almost immediately, Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter reports. Although it is not yet clear whether the Swedish prime minister will in fact visit Hungary, Billström said there is no point in negotiating. Among the reasons he gave for this was that Hungary, unlike Turkey, has not yet set any conditions for approving Sweden’s NATO request.

Meanwhile, Hungarian President Katalin Novák also said on X that “Turkey has ratified Sweden’s NATO accession. Now, it is our turn.”

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