Orban’s surprising invitation. Hungary’s breakthrough decision?

Viktor Orbán said he had invited the Prime Minister of Sweden to Hungary. The visit relates to Sweden’s efforts to join NATO.

In May 2022, Finland and Sweden accelerated their application to join the North Atlantic Alliance, without implementing the Membership Action Plan. At the end of June, the leaders of the NATO countries officially invited both countries to join the Pact. Then the process of ratification of the relevant protocol by the parliaments of NATO member states began. All thirty countries have ratified the protocol on Finland’s accession to NATO. The last to do this were Hungary and Türkiye. Sweden is still waiting for permission from Turkey and Hungary.

Orbán’s invitation

Hungary and Turkey are the last two countries that have not agreed to Sweden’s membership in NATO. “Today I have sent an invitation to Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson to visit Hungary,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a social media post.

Nevertheless, it is worth remembering that the head of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s Office, Gergely Gulyas, recently stated that “relations between Sweden and Hungary are still not friendly.” – It seems that joining NATO is not a priority for Stockholm, Gulyas said.

Recently the media reported that the issue of consent for Sweden’s accession to NATO is not on the agenda for the spring session of the Hungarian parliament.

Expansion of NATO. Russia responds

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin argued that Russia has “no problems” with Finland and Sweden, and that the entry of both countries into the North Atlantic Alliance does not pose a direct threat to the Kremlin. At the same time, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that Russia will strengthen its military capabilities in the Western and Northwestern regions in response to Finland’s accession to NATO.

In an interview with the RIA Novosti agency, the head of the Rostec arms concern, Sergey Chemezov, announced that new 2S35 self-propelled howitzers will be delivered to the units of the Northern Military District of the Russian Federation, which borders Finland (they will eventually replaced the 2S19 howitzers).

Source: Do Rzeczy