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Britain Reinforces Garrison As Russia Questions Their Claim To The Falklands

Britain Reinforces Garrison As Russia Questions Their Claim To The Falklands

Fearing that Russia could be arming the Argentine government, Britain is to send extra Chinook helicopters and a new missile system to the Falklands.

Russia likened the Islands to Crimea and the Arentine president Cristina de Kirchner agrees with Russia.

“The Malvinas has always belonged to Argentina, the same way that Crimea also belonged to the Soviet Union until it was given to Ukraine,” she said last year.

The Telegraph reports: Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said the Islands will be ready to repel “any potential threat” following reports that the Kremlin is preparing to lease 12 Su-24 long range bombers to Buenos Aires in exchange for beef and wheat.

It came as Russia questioned the legitimacy of Britain’s claim on the Islands.

Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian Ambassador in London compared the referendum held in 2013 that found 99.8 per cent of the Falkland Islanders wanted to remain a British territory to that held in Crimea last year.

Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian Ambassador in London compared the referendum held in 2013 that found 99.8 per cent of the Falkland Islanders wanted to remain a British territory to that held in Crimea last year.

The snap Crimean referendum, held at gunpoint and used to justify Putin’s annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula, was denounced as a sham by Britain.

Some £180 million will be spent over the next decade in upgrading the island’s defences, Mr Fallon told the Commons.

Two Chinook helicopters, which were sent to Afghanistan in 2006, will return and allow troops to respond to possible incursions more quickly, while a new system will replace the Rapier air defence missiles when they go out of service at the end of the decade.

The Mount Pleasant garrison will get a new communications system, while Mare Harbour will be upgraded.

The troop levels will remain at around 1,200, and a British patrol vessel – currently HMS Clyde – will remain stationed off the Islands.