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Hungarian Parliament Approves Sweden’s Accession to NATO

Text: defence.hu/MTI | Photo: Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky’s Facebook page, Tibor Illyés/MTI |  10:15 February 27, 2024

“The parliament voted in favour of Sweden’s accession to NATO” – wrote Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky on his Facebook page on 26 February.


The Act proclaiming the accession protocol was approved as 188 MPs voted for and six against it, without abstention.

The so far neutral Northern European state asked for its accession to the military alliance – together with Finland – following the outbreak of the Russo-Ukrainian war in 2022. Sweden will become a member of NATO when it deposits its accession protocol at the government of the United States.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the news in his post on X that the National Assembly of Hungary approved Sweden’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Monday. The secretary general stated that now that all Allies have approved its accession, the Scandinavian country will become the 32nd member state of NATO. “Sweden’s membership will make us all stronger and safer” – Stoltenberg closed his message.