Hungary shouldn’t be certain it must approve Sweden’s bid to affix NATO, the parliament speaker informed native tv late Sunday, doubtlessly signaling additional delays to the method.
Hungary’s approval has been stranded in parliament since July 2022, amid issues over criticism by Swedish politicians of Hungary’s democratic requirements.
“It isn’t certain we have to approve this bid,” parliament speaker Laszlo Kover, a senior lawmaker of the ruling Fidesz occasion, informed HirTV, referring to Sweden.
His feedback observe a letter Hungary’s overseas minister wrote to his Swedish counterpart final week during which he once more raised issues over what he known as “biased and unfair” accusations by some Swedish politicians towards the Hungarian authorities.
Sweden utilized for NATO membership final yr in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and most alliance members shortly ratified its bid.
Türkiye and Hungary, nonetheless, have but to ratify Sweden’s bid, and each nations have stated they intently coordinating their stance on the matter.
Hungary’s parliament will reconvene later this month, however it’s not clear but whether or not a debate and vote on the Swedish ratification shall be on the agenda.