NATO must be open to expanding the alliance, NATO Parliamentary Assembly President said in Budapest. NATO must be open to expanding the alliance, Michael Turner said. At the three-day spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly, Turner stressed the PA supports the expansion of NATO, as it would mean stability and security for those countries that join it.
Hungarian Parliamentary Speaker László Kövér, after holding talks with Turner on the NATO’s expansion, said the transatlantic alliance was one of the top priorities of Hungary’s foreign policy. Hungary supports the accession of all four candidate countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia and Georgia) to NATO, as both the alliance and EU enlargement serves Europe’s stability, he noted.
Michael Turner also said that every country had the right to decide on its own future without fear or outside pressure. Ukraine also has the right to decide its own fate, and that a democratic Ukraine posed no threats to anyone, including Russia, he said, adding that Russia’s actions in Ukraine were in breach of international law. Addressing the threats from the Middle East, Turner said Europe and the United States have to work together in the fight against the Islamic State (IS).
Meanwhile Hungary’s Defence Minister Csaba Hende held talks with NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow on the commitments Hungary made at the NATO summit in Wales last year. A statement released by the defence ministry said the two discussed Hungary’s role in the international coalition against IS, developments made to the country’s defence capabilities and increased defence spending. Hende reassured the deputy secretary-general that Hungary would honour its commitments made at the Wales summit.
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