“And with regard to Sweden, our position is also clear: the government supports NATO integration, which is why we submitted the proposal to parliament months ago. Completing the approval process is just a technical matter,” he announced in July. 11, 2023. On Tuesday morning, Peter Szijjardo responded to the news that Turkey had dropped its opposition to Sweden’s NATO membership. According to Szijjártó’s brazen formulation, the existing technical obstacle is that a two-thirds government majority in parliament is not even willing to put a proposed resolution to recognize Sweden’s NATO membership on the agenda.
To say that the Hungarian government’s position on the matter is clear would be an exaggeration. At least, based on the testimony of his own website, Viktor Orbán himself said at the Qatar Economic Forum that he opposes Sweden’s entry into NATO, “(M)ecause the political relationship between Sweden and Hungary is very bad, it should be. First improved. We don’t want to bring conflicts into NATO. So Let’s deal with the differences between the two countries first, then we are ready to support them. We support them in principle anyway. And we love the Swedish people… But the political relationship between the countries is very boring at the moment.
On Tuesday, Szijjardo said Hungary’s position on Ukraine was clear, adding that “we need peace as soon as possible, because this is the only way to save human lives”. Szijjártó, as usual, does not explain how he imagines peace soon in the current state of war, the aggressive Russia that invaded Ukraine unjustly and without provocation, occupying twenty percent of the country, and what is more, four Ukrainian counties – as well as the Crimean peninsula nine years ago. The Hungarian government’s stance on the matter also serves Russia’s interests well. (via MTI)