Orbán continues to demand that Kristersson come to Budapest

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Published 6 February 2024 at 08.15

Foreign. Hungary's approval of Sweden's NATO membership continues to be delayed – and the Hungarian government insists that Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson should visit Budapest first.

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The opposition in Hungary convened an extraordinary parliament on Monday. But the members from the governing party Fidesz and the cooperation party KDNP did not show up, so the question of Sweden's NATO membership could not be discussed.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has previously invited his Swedish colleague Ulf Kristersson (M) to Budapest for to discuss the issue, but Kristersson has responded evasively.

Now Fidesz reinforces that it still expects such a visit from the Swedish prime minister.

“If it is important for the Swedes to join they will come here, just like they went to Turkey”, announces Máté Kocsis, group leader of Fidesz.

He writes on Facebook that Fidesz believes that the Swedish NATO ratification can take place immediately when the parliament begins its regular session on February 26.

“But that requires a meeting between the two prime ministers in Budapest.”