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Sweden becomes the 32nd NATO member country

Sweden took a step toward historic NATO membership on Thursday when the Hungarian parliament almost unanimously approved its bid to join the alliance. After Turkey lifted its veto, Hungary remained the last obstacle on Sweden's path to NATO membership.

Of the 199 members of the Hungarian parliament, 188 voted to ratify Sweden's bid, opening the door for the last neutral Scandinavian country to join the Western bloc. Previously, Sweden managed to overcome Turkish resistance with the support of the United States, which approved the supply of F-16 fighter jets to Ankara.

A key role in Hungary's decision to approve Sweden's entry into NATO was played by the deal to sell JAS-39 Gripen fighter jets to Budapest. On Friday, Stockholm agreed to the deal, after which Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he would support Sweden's bid.

Let us remind you that Sweden and Finland have submitted applications to join NATO in May 2022. Finland was admitted to the alliance in April last year, while Sweden had to overcome a number of obstacles. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has already congratulated Sweden on its admission to the alliance.

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