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A big step for Sweden, Swedish PM says after Hungary NATO ratification vote

Sweden, under Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson's leadership, advanced towards NATO membership after Hungary's parliament ratified Sweden's application. This decision signifies a break from Sweden's 200-year tradition of neutrality and military non-alignment.

Agencies and A News MIDDLE EAST
Published February 26,2024

Sweden took a big step toward NATO membership on Monday and is set to leave behind two centuries of neutrality, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said after Hungary's parliament voted in favour of ratifying the Nordic country's application.

"Sweden is leaving 200 years of neutrality and military non-alignment behind. It's a big step and something to take seriously," Kristersson told a news conference.

Sweden applied to join NATO shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022.