Boris Johnson has widely praised the UK’s response to the Ukraine invasion, even highlighting his government’s role in helping the country remain a “free and sovereign nation” after visiting kyiv last month. But the Argentine defense minister has accused the UK of double standards, saying its support for the integrity of a sovereign nation rings hollow considering its actions in the Falklands in 1982.
Jorge Taiana said that the UK’s support for Ukraine was nothing more than “cynicism”, claiming that Britain denies Argentina’s rights over the Malvinas (the Argentine word for the Falklands).
This comes as Argentine officials have increasingly stoked tensions over who should be the legitimate rulers of the Falklands.
Mr. Taiana said: “The British say that territorial integrity must be defended in Ukraine, but they deny defending territorial integrity in Argentina; that is cynicism, that is disrespect for the law and for the defense of the right international”.
The aggressive attack on the UK’s moral compass came when the Defense Minister highlighted the creation of the Argentine Joint Maritime Command, a new initiative to “coordinate efforts to guarantee the security and control and surveillance of our waters, of our territorial sea.” , of our exclusive economic zone”.
He said the South Atlantic was “defined years ago by the coastal counties as their zone of peace and cooperation.”
However, this led to a searing attack on Britain.
He said that this zone of peace and cooperation “is totally hampered by the permanent, provocative, aggressive presence of the United Kingdom fleet in our Falkland Islands.”
He went on to argue that Argentina “requires Armed Forces to guarantee its independence and sovereignty.”
This comes after Argentina’s Malvinas secretary, Guillermo Carmona, recently told local media: “We cannot rule out that there are British nuclear weapons in the Malvinas.”
He stated that there is “a continuous accumulation of weapons that is reflected in the presence of a nuclear-powered submarine” in the Falkland Islands.
Great Britain, according to Carmona, is committed to “renovating a state-of-the-art anti-aircraft missile system, ships and military aircraft.”
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Carmona affirmed that Argentina has “historical, legal and geographical arguments and a lot of support in the world in its claim to sovereignty.”
Argentina’s fascist military dictatorship invaded the British colony of the Falkland Islands on April 2, 1982, claiming that it had inherited the islands from Spain in the 19th century, despite the fact that the United Kingdom had ruled them for 150 years.
The brief but bitter war lasted 74 days, during which 655 Argentine and 255 British soldiers lost their lives, as well as three Malvinas islanders.
British control of the islands was regained on June 14, 1982.
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.