Turkey’s Interests Taken into Account Concerning Sweden’s NATO Accession, hungarytoday.hu

The Hungarian government has long done its homework on Sweden’s NATO membership application, having submitted the Swedish ratification document to parliament last year. MEPs will have the opportunity to decide when to vote on the issue at the autumn plenary session, starting in September, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told Turkish television channel TRT World.

He underlined that so far it has not been possible to settle the political disputes with Stockholm, adding that he regrets Hungary has become a target and victim of this international political discourse that is “determined by criticisms and judgments” which interferes in Hungarian domestic politics.

Most recently, this was discussed during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Budapest on August 20, but Péter Szijjártó also frequently talks with his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan, about the issue. As a NATO ally, Hungary takes Turkey’s interests and position into account, as a military-defense alliance must be based on trust, the minister stressed. Just like Hungary, Turkey will discuss Sweden’s membership in the autumn parliamentary session as well. Läs artikel