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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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UK to sign £3.5bn contract for new armoured vehicles

The Ministry of Defence is set to sign a £3.5bn contract for almost 600 new armoured vehicles.

It comes ahead of a Nato summit in Wales at which Britain will argue for an increase in defence spending from the alliance's 28 member nations.

The order of 589 Scout Specialist Vehicles from a company in south Wales is the largest of its kind for armoured vehicles in over 30 years.

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