A Hungarian parliamentary delegation visited Sweden on Tuesday and expressed support for the country’s NATO bid but also told Swedish officials to stop telling “lies” about Hungary.
Csaba Hende, the deputy speaker of Hungary’s parliament, led the delegation and said most members of the Hungarian government support expanding NATO into Sweden. “We made it clear that the Hungarian government, the Hungarian president, and the vast majority of MPs unanimously support the NATO membership of Sweden,” he said.
But Hende also accused Swedish officials of spreading false information about Hungary. “It would be good if in the future, Swedish politicians, members of government, MPs and MEPs would avoid portraying Hungary in a false light by eluding to an absence of rule of law that is based on clearly untrue facts,” he said.
Hungary has been at odds with many of its fellow EU members since the reelection of Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Hende is a member of Orban’s Fidesz party, and some members had expressed opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO before the delegation was sent. The delegation plans to visit Finland next to discuss the issue.
Hungary’s parliament is scheduled to vote on ratifying Sweden and Finland’s memberships on March 20 after delaying it a few weeks. Hungary is the only NATO member besides Turkey that has yet to approve the two nordic counties joining the alliance.
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Hungarians are such appeasers. With this move, they hope to fall in the good grace of EU. Good luck.
Today there is an eerie analogy with the years 1936-1939. In both cases there is considered to exist a very bad/dangerous nation to the East of Europe. In the 1930’s that was the Soviet Union. Today it is Russia.
In the 1930’s, at the initiative of France and with the tepid support of the UK an attempt was made to construct what was called a “cordon sanitaire” of nations against the SU. Poland was clearly on the front line. The attempt failed because Hitler had no intent for his Reich to be the backstop for Poland which could not stop the Soviet army all by itself. The Wehrmacht was intended by Chamberlain to be that backstop. Hitler fooled him.
FDR was not interested.
Today the front-line state is the Ukraine and NATO, with our nation now deeply involved, is the “backstop”.
So that is the difference but that difference also allows for an immediate end of the war and a negotiation between two aging but still powerful forces: NATO and Russia to establish a better equilibrium between the two.
It will not happen as long as our president insists on Putin’s surrender.
“immediate end of the war ” How would that work?
Samantha Powers will tell you Hungary desperately needs to get woke.
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