After Jens StoltenbergNATO Secretary General announced on Monday Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkish president backs Sweden’s NATO bid Peter Szijardo on his Facebook page on Tuesday morning explained The Hungarian position.
For Sweden, our position is clear: the government supports NATO accession, which is why we submitted the proposal to the parliament several months ago. Closing the approval process is just a technical issue.
Szijjardo is on his way to the NATO summit in Vilnius. With Viktor Orban And With Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky.
Finland’s accession to NATO was voted by parliament at the end of March. Sweden originally wanted to be admitted to NATO along with Finland, but in addition to Hungary, Turkey also blocked Sweden from joining the Atlantic alliance.
In April Gergely Gulyás, the minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s Office, justified the delay by saying that “confidence-building steps” were needed first, adding that, according to him, “Sweden’s involvement in the EU case against Hungary will not help the process.” This is the first time a minister has publicly linked the issue of NATO integration with EU affairs. Peter Szijardo said in June:
If not for these dishonest statements by Swedish politicians, the parliament would have easily passed the referendum. Members of Parliament will therefore consider when the Government’s proposed pledge will be on the agenda.
At the end of June, the Swedish Prime Minister talked about Viktor Orbán’s promise that Hungary would not delay Sweden’s NATO accession. Sweden wants to become a member at the July 11-12 NATO summit in Vilnius, but the Hungarian parliament has yet to vote on membership.