Thousands of Nato troops in show of force with military exercise

Nato staged a major military exercise in Latvia in a practical demonstration of leaders' commitment to defend its Baltic member states in the face of aggression from larger neighbours.

Around 500 paratroopers, hundreds of vehicles and aircraft are taking part in the exercise in Latvia's capital Riga. Exercise 'Steadfast Javelin II' simulates a deployment of Nato soldiers and equipment in another country in a crisis situation.

At a two-day Nato summit meeting in Wales members agreed to form a new rapid reaction force and to step up exercises in eastern Europe in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine.

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Tank parked on golf course outside Nato venue

Footage from the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport shows a tank and armoured vehicle parked on the lawn outside the venue for the forthcoming Nato summit.

According to the luxury resort's website, there are three championship courses on site.

Military hardware near the fairway

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