The White House expects swift ratification of Sweden's NATO membership from Hungary
After Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban called on his country's parliament to ratify Sweden's NATO membership application, the United States expects a quick positive decision from Budapest on this issue. The United States says it is not aware of any possible conditions from Hungary for Sweden to join the Alliance.
This was stated on Friday, January 26, by the coordinator of the White House National Security Council, John Kirby, during a briefing in Washington.
According to the White House representative, Hungary has already made it clear that it is moving forward with the ratification of Sweden's membership in NATO. With this in mind, Kirby urged Budapest to complete the procedure quickly.
"We're very optimistic that Sweden will soon become a new NATO member, and Hungary has indicated that it will not be a delay," the White House official added.
Journalists asked John Kirby whether the US administration was aware of any conditions that Budapest might impose.
"I'm not aware of any specific demands from Hungary," Kirby replied.
As you know, Hungary remains the only country that has not yet ratified Sweden's membership in NATO.
On January 23, the Turkish parliament approved Sweden's application to join the Alliance. The next day, Ankara officially approved the ratification of Sweden's accession to NATO. The decision was published in the Official Gazette and signed by the country's president, after which it came into force.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, Orban called on the Hungarian parliament to ratify Sweden's accession to NATO. He made this call immediately after NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had a telephone conversation with him.