Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Thursday that Hungary supports Sweden and Finland joining NATO and that the parliament will formally ratify their memberships early next year.
“As we have already informed Sweden and Finland, Hungary supports the NATO membership of these two countries. It will be on the agenda of the first session of parliament” next year, Orban told reporters in Slovakia, according to AFP.
So far, the legislatures of 28 out of 30 NATO members have signed off on the two Nordic nations joining the alliance, with only Hungary and Turkey holding out.
Orban’s government submitted the legislation to the parliament back in July, but it was never brought to a vote. Hungary’s parliament is set to hold its first session of 2023 in February, and that’s when Orban expects the memberships to be approved.
Orban has been at odds with the rest of the EU over sanctions on Russia and joint aid to Ukraine. The EU blocked funding to the Hungarian government after he won reelection over allegations of corruption. Orban’s chief of staff has previously said this issue needs to be worked out before parliament can discuss Sweden and Finland’s NATO bids.
Turkey has said that it won’t approve of the Nordic nations joining NATO if they don’t live up to a deal signed back in June. Ankara’s main concern is Sweden and Finland’s alleged support for Kurdish militants, and Turkey has launched a major operation against Kurds in northern Syria, which could further complicate the NATO process.
14 thoughts on “Hungary to Approve Sweden, Finland NATO Memberships Early Next Year”
Just a matter of time.
Yep. What will be the excuse this time, an assassination, like what set off WWI?
I do not believe the gloves will come off…. The U.S. & NATO are weak from their Great Diversion AKA as “The GREAT WAR ON TERROR” from core thermonuclear peer to peer deterrence and warfare. Can they possibly be stupid enough to want to bring this war out of the WWII artillery duels into 21 century missiles and nukes…. fresh off their humiliating night time rout by Afghans, and chasing Arabs in deserts, while Russia & China took a Great Leap Forward in the critical aforementioned areas of strengths! Just their unstoppable hypersonics are a total game changer, but the U.S.& their Gnomes seem to think talking tough is the answer, but as any schoolyard kid knows, talking tough when not really up to the fight is the most dangerous path. Hubris proceeds a great fall and this Ukraine war sure has the potential to provide just such a plunge for the U.S and its NATO Gnomes!
LOL Yea, the US and NATO are weak.
I’m glad you agree. North American Terrorist Occupation was created by the US because US is weak. Pentagon can’t fight Russia on its own. These cowardly pests simply hide behind Europeans.
The military capabilities of the terrorist empire are even more amusing. Russians annihilated all imperial grunts in Ukraine who were trained, armed and supplied by Anglo-American empire for 8 years.
The only thing hypersonic missiles do is to maker the US more vulnerable than it would otherwise be – they do not make Russia safe and the US would not be safe even from just the Russian ballistic missiles – i.e. there was and still is mutual guaranteed destruction.
So before Russia has an effective anti ballistic missile defense or the capacity to destroy all US submarines and patrolling B52’s, the hypersonic missiles are not a game changer.
Hypersonic missiles restore the notion of mutual assured destruction. They were developed in response to anti-ballistic missile systems, which gave the US a much higher chance of launching a nuclear strike without fear of proportional retaliation.
I’d like to think that everyone knows that launching a nuclear strike would be suicide. But recent talk about “tactical” nukes reminds us that it’s not at all clear to some of the most influential players.
I grant you that this is correct, however the US capability to actually destroy enough of the potentially incoming ballistic missiles to feel even slightly comfortable striking first is not supported by any of the data currently available – not only can their systems be overwhelmed but they have even when not so too low guaranteed success rate.
So more multiple warheads on ballistic missiles could achieve the same result – but granted hypersonic missiles give them an alternative ‘way in’.
Still you have to admit that hypersonic missiles against very near targets like Helsinki – simply makes no sense at all.
Who really cares if more GNOMES talk about joining our even envision joining. Russia could cause them terrible headaches by saying it’s O.K. but forces Russia to put a few hypersonics aimed at Helsinki on a “launch on any threat of any launch” status, so that any glitch, malfunction, false flag event or any act of war by any NATO member state, means good bye to Helsinki….. It would be very interesting to see how the Fins would react or answer such a declaration. Not joyfully one would think…..!!!!!! “Just saying”…….
What a dumb strategy that would be.
Tell me again what would be the advantage of using a hypersonic missile against Helsinki??? The distance to Helsinki is so small that the travelling time would be nearly the same for any missile so why waste such a weapon?
The Finns have lived with this threat since 1945 – hypersonic missiles does not change anything at all for them – they were incapable of stopping a ballistic missile just as much as a hypersonic one – and the idea that any provocation or any misinterpretation of a threat should produce nuclear Armageddon – is it that you think the Russians are in love with playing Russian roulette?
Well yeah. They will get nuked if they are dumb enough to hold American nukes but main targets for Russian nuclear strike are Washington and London.
Orban confuses and disappoints. He clearly knows that joining NATO is an abdication of sovereignty even greater than EU membership. “Non-aligned” should be his position. So I guess he’s no Tito.
Hungary’s vote is irrelevant now,
Turkey needs this time to get to the bottom of Kyrdish problem, an armed secessionist movement supported by NATO for a long, long time. Since there are millions of Kurds living in Turkey outside Kurdish militants dominated areas — and are not discriminated against. PKK militancy is political — with arms and political cover from NATO.
This act of terrorism cannot go only half way, as it did during Trump administration in Syria.
Trump pulled US military from Kurdish areas, but Kurds struck a deal with Damascus to turn over all Kurdish controlled areas under Damascus control. The purpose was to prevent any further Turkish incursion.
Now, Kurds have nobody to turn to. If US does not
protect them, Syrian government will not just take their word — as they lied before.
This time US controlled outfits in Syria and Iraq will be targeted, Kurds guarding US occupied oil wells were hit by Turkey. The question is -/ how will US respond?
Future membership of NATO depends on it.
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