Hungary could soon ratify Sweden’s NATO candidacy, says PM Orban

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BUDAPEST (Reuters) – The Hungarian parliament could ratify Sweden’s membership in NATO during its spring session at the end of February, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday.

“It is good news that our dispute with Sweden will soon be resolved,” Viktor Orban told his supporters. “We are moving in the direction that, at the start of the spring session of Parliament, we will be able to ratify Sweden’s membership in NATO.”

Hungary is the only NATO country not to have ratified Stockholm’s request for membership in the Atlantic Alliance, a process which requires the support of all members of the European Union.

Sweden applied to join NATO in May 2022, after Russia invaded Ukraine.

(Reporting by Krisztina Than; French version Elizabeth Pineau)


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