Sweden clears final hurdle to join NATO

27 February, 2024

Courtesy of ICRT


Sweden’s bid to join NATO, which had been held up for almost two years, cleared its last hurdle when Hungary gave its go-ahead Monday to let the Nordic country into the alliance.


It brought an end to more than 18 months of delays by the nationalist government in Budapest that have frustrated Hungary’s allies.


All existing NATO countries must give their approval before a new member can join the alliance. Hungary was the only hold-out.


Sweden’s armed forces, though sharply downsized since the Cold War, are widely seen as a potential boost to NATO’s collective defence in the region.

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