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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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Ukrainian President discusses crisis with Nato leaders

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has tweeted this photo showing him discussing the crisis in his country with other Nato leaders.

The seated figures are (L-R): French President Francois Hollande, President Poroshenko, US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The sixth figure is believed to be Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

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