Last year Sweden and Finland applied to join the North Atlantic Alliance. At the same time, all 30 NATO members must support the requests, but Sweden has faced strong objections from Turkey for harboring on its territory what Ankara considers members of terror groups.
The ratification process has been discussed in the Hungarian Parliament since July. Prime Minister Orban expressed concern for the first time on Friday about Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO membership. Among other criticisms, he accused both countries of spreading “blatant lies” about the “health of democracy” and the rule of law in Hungary. Orban explained that further talks between parliamentary groups are needed before lawmakers vote on proposals for Stockholm and Helsinki to join NATO. “According to the Hungarian procedure, the approval of the law takes about four weeks, which means that the parliament can vote on this issue sometime in the second half of March, in the week of March 21,” the website says. of the Hungarian parliament. .