Russia questions Britain’s claim to the Falklands as garrison reinforced

Peace and Freedom

Extra Chinook helicopters and new missile system to be sent to be deployed, as Russia likens Islands to Crimea

A Rapier missile speeds towards its target
A Rapier missile, similar to that deployed on the Falklands Photo: PO[Phot]Lewis.S.J./Crown Copyright
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By Matthew Holehouse, Political Correspondent

The telegraph

Britain will send two troop-carrying Chinook helicopters and new surface-to-air missile system to the Falkland Islands, amid fears Russia could be arming the Argentine government.

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…

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