Hungary backs NATO membership applications by Finland, Sweden
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Hungary supports applications for membership in NATO by Finland and Sweden, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said after an informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin on Sunday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.
"The extraordinary NATO meeting is over. The intentions of the Finns and the Swedes to join [the alliance] were discussed, on which we took a positive position, as we have always voiced an open door policy," Szijjártó said in a post on Facebook.
"Today, everybody was very enthusiastic about NATO enlargement, but Turkey's views must be taken into account and a final decision may only be taken unanimously," he added.
Earlier Sunday, during a break at the meeting, Szijjártó told journalists that the most important factor for Hungary, as a neighbor to Ukraine, is that the war does not extend further. It's "especially good news", he added, that this is "crystalizing as the common stand of the alliance's biggest members".
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