The Hungarian Parliament started a debate on Wednesday on the admission of Finland and Sweden to NATO. During the first day of the meeting, politicians from almost all parties spoke in favor of accession, including Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz. Only the far-right Movement of Our Homeland (Mi Hazank) was against it.
In a statement, the party’s parliamentary group Fidesz premiere Hungarian Viktor Orban announced that she would support the ratification of the proposal Finland and Sweden to join FOR THIS. However, some parliamentarians were not to express enthusiasm about this issue. The reason was that “these countries are spreading blatant lies about Hungarian democracy and the rule of law.”
The ratification of the accession protocols is also supported by Fidesz’s coalition partner, the Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP), although its politicians have emphasized that the issue of accession has divided the party.
“A significant step towards increased security”
Hungarian Deputy Foreign Minister Peter Sztaray said that “the Hungarian government believes that NATO enlargement is a significant step towards increasing security in the Euro-Atlantic area.” However, he also noted that Hungary often faces unfounded and unfair criticism from Finland and Hungary Sweden.
Sztaray, however, called on the chamber to vote for the admission of these countries to NATO.
“Hungary supports enlargement, which will make NATO stronger with two world-class forces,” said the chairman of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee, Zsolt Nemeth. “The request of two friendly nations came to NATO after decades of deliberation, contrary to Putin’s main goal in starting the war, which was to prevent enlargement,” he added.
Voting may be delayed until mid-March
However, the parliamentary vote itself may be delayed until the second half of March, as it was decided to send a parliamentary delegation to Finland and Sweden to discuss the contentious issues.
Almost all opposition parties support the admission of the two Nordic countries to NATO and criticize the government for the seven-month delay, which they call “shameful” and “cynical”.
The only party in parliament that openly announced that it would vote against the ratification of the accession protocols was the far-right party Our Homeland Movement (Mi Hazank), which said its adoption would be “a step towards world war.”
On Wednesday, Hungarian President Katalin Novak appealed for approval of the admission of the two Nordic countries as soon as possible.
Hungary is the last NATO country, next to Turkey, which has not yet approved the admission of Finland and Sweden to NATO.
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