Each nation has a duty to guarantee its own security, the defence minister said at a session of the Hungarian Atlantic Council (MAT) on Thursday.
Tibor Benkő noted it was commonly accepted that NATO, which Hungary joined in 1999, “will protect us”. But NATO’s capability depends on the individual capabilities of its members, he added.
NATO’s founding treaty, Article 3 of the Washington Treaty, states that each member of the alliance has a duty to build and maintain the strength and capability in the service of its own defence and that of the alliance, he noted.
Benkő said NATO had two vulnerable flanks: to the east and to the south. Hungary, he added, was affected from both directions, and this was the reason why the government in 2016 established the aim for Hungary to have a strong, capable army equipped with the latest military equipment, with dedicated and loyal soldiers serving their country.
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