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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PM pledges 1,000 troops to multinational Nato force

British soldiers will make up a quarter of the special Nato force Credit: Friso Gentsch/DPA/Press Association Images

The Prime Minister has pledged 1,000 British troops to a "high readiness" Nato force, Downing Street has said.

When the force is ready, in late 2015, it will be capable of deploying within 2-6 days.

British troops will make up a substantial portion of the multinational force, which will total 4,000 troops.

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