Leaders of other NATO member states, as well as international media, are closely monitoring when and how Hungary will decide on parliamentary ratification of Sweden's accession to NATO. After Turkey, our country is the last member state that has not yet done so. The Hungarian side did not provide a concrete explanation for the delay (the government refers to the opinion of the ruling parties, according to which Swedish politicians portrayed Hungary and the Hungarian government in a bad light), and the practical reference is that Parliament is not currently in session.
The issue came to light during a joint meeting between NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Wednesday evening. In his press conference also. here Stoltenberg He put it like this He spoke with Viktor Orbán a few days ago, where he said the Hungarian prime minister had made it clear he supported Swedish membership.
This was probably the conversation Viktor Orbán also mentioned earlier:
The Secretary-General added: The Hungarian Parliament is not in session now, but it will meet again at the end of February, and I received a message from the Prime Minister that the Parliament will soon take a decision on approving Sweden’s accession, so I expect that Sweden will become a full member of the military alliance.
Jake Sullivan, US National Security Advisor He also answered the Washington Post's question about their opinion on the fact that it is still unknown when the Hungarian Parliament will vote on Sweden's accession, what specific sanctions measures the US administration is planning against Hungary and whether NATO can trust Hungary as an ally. The Chancellor said in his answer that they see the path to approval for accession, and Sweden sees it the same way, so he will not make any particular threats or guesses about what the United States will do if the vote takes place in Hungary. To be delayed further.
At the same time, he warned that US patience is not limitless on this matter either.
He added: “So we will continue to monitor carefully, but we hope to reach a constructive solution to this issue soon.”
It is worth noting that last week, American politicians formulated a harsh message regarding Hungary's delay They are also looming punitive measures against our country, because in their opinion, it is doubtful that Hungary can be a reliable ally.
“Hungary’s inaction risks irreversibly damaging its relationship with the United States and NATO,” said the statement from the senators, who hinted that the Hungarian parliament could only take a decision on ratifying Sweden’s accession at the end of February.
Cover photo: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (right) and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan hold a press conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on February 7, 2024. Stoltenberg chaired the North Atlantic Council meeting with invited Sweden, at the security advisor level The nationalist. Source: MTI/EPA/Olivier Matisse