TO BE DELAYED TO FALL
The vote on Sweden’s accession to NATO was delayed after members of the ruling party, which has a two-thirds majority in parliament, failed to show up for the meeting. Peter Szijjarto, Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, said on July 11 that ratification of Sweden’s NATO membership was currently “only a technical matter”. On June 28, Hungary announced that Sweden’s NATO membership ratification session had been postponed until the fall.
‘THE FINAL DECISION IS UP TO PARLIAMENT’
On June 14, Szijjarto stated that the Hungarian government supports Sweden’s membership in NATO, but the final decision belongs to the parliament, taking into account the “insults” the Stockholm government has made against his country.
Szijjarto noted that they were constantly subjected to criticism, accusations and allegations by Swedish politicians, and recalled that Sweden had accused Hungary of “not having democracy and becoming a dictatorship”.
Szijjarto stated that such criticism was a valid reason for not approving Sweden’s NATO membership.