Only formalities remain for Sweden to join NATO

The new cold war

Published 28 February 2024
- By Editorial Staff
Acting President László Kövér now has five days to sign the protocol.

The Hungarian parliament has approved Sweden’s application to join NATO, and acting President László Kövér now has five days to sign the protocol.

188 members of parliament voted “yes” in Tuesday’s vote in the Hungarian parliament in Budapest, while only six voted “no.” This means that Sweden’s application is now approved and can be formally invited to join the US military alliance, Swedish taxpayer-funded SR reports.

Acting President László Kövér now has five days to sign the protocol. Since Kövér is currently both president and speaker, he has to sign twice. The protocol will then be flown to Washington DC. Sweden must also formally pass a government resolution confirming the decision to join NATO.

“We are ready to take our share of responsibility for NATO’s security”, Ulf Kristersson writes on X.

A Swedish representative is then flown to the US to sign the application document and hand it to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Finally, the Swedish flag will be raised among the flags of other countries at NATO headquarters in Brussels, whereupon Sweden will officially become a member.