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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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Rasmussen: Russia must 'stop the flow of fighters'

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has accused Russia of "attacking Ukraine" and called on it to "stop the flow of weapons and fighters" into the country.

"We are still witnessing ... Russian involvement in destabilising the situation in eastern Ukraine," he said in remarks opening the summit.

He added that Ukraine's President Poroshenko and Nato will be issuing a joint statement, and confirmed they are looking at ways to "step up cooperation".

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