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Sweden’s NATO bid is assured with Hungary's vote, in a blow to Russia

The bid required approval by all NATO members, including Turkey and Hungary which each won concessions.

A Swedish fighter jet in the Netherlands
A Swedish fighter jet in the Netherlands (AN/)

A vote in Hungary's parliament allowed Sweden to clear the final obstacle to joining NATO, expanding the Western military alliance to 32 members.

Within days, Russian President Vladimir Putin used his annual State of the Nation address to threaten the use of nuclear weapons against NATO countries if they send forces to help defend Ukraine.

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