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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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Nato faces 'dramatically changed' security environment

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaking outside the summit venue in Wales

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called the forthcoming meeting in Wales "one of the most important summits in the history of our alliance".

He said that member countries face a "dramatically changed" security situation, mentioning Ukraine and the threat from Islamic State.

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