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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Peace marchers to deliver petition to Nato summit

The peace march here in Newport is on its way to the Celtic Manor Resort.

It is a three-mile march from the Cenotaph in Newport to Nato summit itself.

Protestors marching through Newport, Wales Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The march is unified really in its opposition to what Nato is doing in various parts of the world, from Ukraine to Afghanistan. They are concerned about issues in Iraq, in Iran and in Syria.

Demonstrator gather at the Ceontaph in Newport ahead of the march Credit: ITV News

We think there are probably around about 500 protesters, and the plan is when they reach the Celtic Manor, about three or four protesters will be allowed to hand over a petition which will then be taken to the summit itself.

Bird's eye shot of the march

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