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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Cameron: 'We do not accept the partition of Ukraine'

David Cameron has said that Britain 'does not accept the partition of Ukraine'.

We are not accepting the partition of Ukraine. We should respect Ukraine's territorial integrity. That is why we have taken the sanctions. That is why we have piled on the pressure, and that is why you have seen such unity here today in Nato.

The announcement about the ceasefire is good news. I think we need to look carefully about whether it also includes a commitment, as I understand it might, to make real progress on a proper peace plan.

– David Cameron

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