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    Earlier on Tuesday, UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Britain was going to boost its military defenses and set aside $268 million for a 10-year program to bolster the Falkland Islands’ defenses amid invasion fears from Argentina.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik), Anna Liatsou — There will be no significant change in the Falkland Islands' defense amid the alleged threat of invasion from Argentina, Barry Elsby, Chair of the Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands, told Sputnik Tuesday.

    Earlier on Tuesday, UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Britain was going to boost its military defenses and set aside £180 million ($268 million) for a 10-year program to bolster the Falkland Islands’ defenses amid invasion fears from Argentina.

    "There will be little change to force posture overall, but we are looking forward to welcoming the return of Chinooks which were removed in 2006 to support operations in Afghanistan," Elsby said.

    Fallon had confirmed that the two Chinooks will be operational by the middle of 2016.

    He added that the dispute concerning the islands remains a "very live threat," coming from Argentina, which continues to claim the Falklands as its own.

    In 1982, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, a remote British overseas territory in the South Atlantic that Buenos Aires claimed it owned. The armed conflict between the two nations took the lives of 655 Argentinian and 255 British servicemen. The 74-day Falklands war ended when Argentina gave up their bid to control the islands.


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