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Monday, July 14, 2014

Putin tells UK to negotiate Falklands sovereignty

 
Putin, left, with Argentina president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner during an official government dinner in Buenos Aires yesterday. 


Russian president Vladimir Putin has urged Britain to "negotiate" the sovereignty of the Falklands Islands with Argentina, accusing the UK of a "double standard in foreign relations."

Speaking at an official dinner during a visit to Buenos Aires, Putin said: "Russia supports the need to find a solution in the dispute for the [Falkland] Islands at the negotiation table directly between Great Britain and Argentina.
"I wanted to bring attention to the words of Mrs President [Fernandez] regarding the double standard in foreign relations."
Argentina president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has previously accused Britain of hypocrisy in criticising Crimea's pro-Russian referendum vote yet supporting a pro-British vote in the Falklands.

She said: "I appreciate, of course, the support for our national cause [sovereignty of the Falkland Islands] which is not a uniquely Argentine cause."

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