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: Russia must pull back troops and weapons

Nato's Secretary General has said that Russia must "pull back its troops" and weapons.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen said: "We continue to call on Russia to pull back its troops from Ukraine's borders. Stop the flow of weapons and fighters into Ukraine. Stop the support for armed militants."

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