North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the Hungarian news outlet Index in an interview on Tuesday that he is expecting both the Hungarian and the Turkish parliaments to ratify Sweden's accession "without further delay," as the country has "fulfilled its commitments."
"I welcome the fact that [Turkish] President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan recently sent the accession protocol to the Turkish Grand National Assembly for ratification. I also discussed Swedish membership with [Hungarian] President [Katalin] Novak when she recently visited Brussels. We are both of the opinion that Sweden's membership makes the whole alliance stronger," Stoltenberg said.
Meanwhile, talking about Ukraine's possible accession to the alliance, the head of NATO shared that the country's "future is in NATO," adding that Kiev is closer than ever to join. However, he reiterated that it will not become a member until certain conditions are met.