Alexis Freytag

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Committee: NATO

Country: Estonia

Delegate: Alexis Freytag von Loringhoven, University College Maastricht

Topic: Global Security and Collective Defense


“15 years ago, when (then-president) Lennart Meri hoisted the NATO flag in his backyard, he said Estonia will never be alone again. His statement remains true. We see it from the every-day support of our independence from our allies. In last year alone, we hosted nearly ten thousand soldiers from allied countries. “ (Hankewitz, 2019). This famous quote from prime minister Jüri Ratas encapsulates the enormous importance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for Estonia. When in 1990 the Soviet Union collapsed, Estonia was eager to join the NATO as soon as possible and gained full membership, alongside Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia, on April 1st, 2004. While active NATO membership allows Estonia to productively participate in international security coop...