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Hungary gives 'OK', ratifies Sweden's membership in NATO

Hungary gives 'OK', ratifies Sweden's membership in NATO

Hungary's parliament overwhelmingly approved Sweden's bid to join NATO on Monday, paving the way for the Nordic country to join the alliance after nearly two years of intense negotiations and dealing a geopolitical blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin. said the press office of the parliament, writes CNN .

Getting approval from the Hungarian parliament was the last hurdle for Stockholm's NATO membership. Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson visited Budapest on Friday to discuss defense and security cooperation with his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orban. The two sides appeared to come to terms, agreeing to a deal that would see Hungary buy four new Swedish-made Gripen fighter jets.

Of the 194 members of parliament who voted, only six opposed Sweden's admission.

"Today is a historic day," Kristersson said on X shortly after the vote. "Sweden is ready to bear its responsibility for Euro-Atlantic security".

Sweden will formally join the alliance after submitting its instrument of accession with the United States government, which is the depositary of the North Atlantic Treaty.

With Sweden's admission, NATO will count 32 countries among its members, an ironic twist given that Russia launched its war against Ukraine in part because of the alliance's rise in Eastern Europe along Russia's border.

Last year, Finland became NATO's 31st member, adding about 1,300 kilometers (830 miles) to the alliance's border with Russia.

According to NATO, Finland and Sweden will enjoy the protection granted under Article 5 of the treaty that founded the alliance - which states that an attack on one member is considered an attack on all.

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