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Fidesz: Hungary will approve Finland's Nato bid on 27 March

Hungary's ruling Fidesz party said parliament will vote on Finland's membership, but Sweden's bid will be discussed at a later date.

Viktor Orbán puhuu Unkarin parlamentissa.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's Fidesz party are unanimous in support of Finland's Nato application. Image: Szilard Koszticsak / EPA
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The Hungarian parliament will debate and vote on Finland's Nato membership application at a plenary session on 27 March, according to the ruling Fidesz party.

Finland's bid to join the alliance has unanimous support within the Fidesz party, according to the chair of its parliamentary group, Máté Kocsis.

In a Facebook post, Kocsis said that the Hungarian parliament will consider the Swedish application at a later date, but did not specify when.

Hungary and Turkey are the only Nato member states yet to ratify Finland's application, but Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed his country will begin the process of ratifying Finland's application to join Nato following a meeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö earlier on Friday.

Hungary has delayed the ratification process several times, but Hungarian politicians have also previously stated that Hungary does not intend to be the last to ratify the Finnish application.

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