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 tells Kremlin to withdraw troops from Ukraine

Nato's Secretary General has told the Russia to pull back its troops from Ukraine and to stop supporting rebels in eastern Ukraine.

We call on Russia to end its illegal and self-declared annexation of Crimea.

We call on Russia to pull back its troops from Ukraine and to stop the flow of arms, fighters and funds to the separatists.

We call on Russia to step back from confrontation and take the path of peace.

– Nato's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Rasmussen made the comments at a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the NATO summit in Newport.

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