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Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban in a July 2022 file photo.

Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban in a July 2022 file photo. (Alex Halada, AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

(Tribune News Service) — Hungary’s parliament will approve Finland’s and Sweden’s bids to join NATO at the legislature’s first session next year, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said.

Hungary supports the Nordic countries’ accession, Orban told reporters at a briefing in Slovakia on Thursday, where he came under pressure to speed up the approval from his Central European counterparts. Earlier, Hungarian officials had pledged to give their support by year end.

Hungary is the only country besides Turkey that has yet to approve NATO enlargement, which has gained urgency since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

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