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Return Malvinas and Gibraltar before talking about Crimea, Russia tells UK

Saturday, February 4th 2017 - 13:06 UTC
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“With regard to the position of UK, I want to advise: give back the Malvinas, Gibraltar, return the annexed part of Cyprus, return the Chagos”, said Churkin “With regard to the position of UK, I want to advise: give back the Malvinas, Gibraltar, return the annexed part of Cyprus, return the Chagos”, said Churkin
Ambassador Vitaly Churkin was responding to his British counterpart, Matthew Rycroft, at a hearing of the UN Security Council in New York. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin was responding to his British counterpart, Matthew Rycroft, at a hearing of the UN Security Council in New York.

Russia’s ambassador to the UN has suggested that Britain should “clean its conscience” by “giving back” the Falklands/Malvinas and Gibraltar before it passes judgment on the Kremlin’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.

 Vitaly Churkin was responding to his British counterpart, Matthew Rycroft, at a hearing of the UN Security Council in New York.

“I can only remind you that everything began with a coup, largely supported from outside the country,” Mr. Churkin said in reference to the ousting of Ukraine’s pro-Moscow president, Viktor Yanukovych, after mass protests in 2014.

”With regard to the position of the United Kingdom, I want to advise — give back the Malvinas Islands, Gibraltar, return, return you annexed part of Cyprus, return the Chagos archipelago in the Indian ocean, which you turned into a huge military base. Then your conscience can be a little more clean and you will be able to discuss other topics,” said Churkin.

The words caused laughter from the new U.S. representative to the UN, Nikki Haley.

Recall that in March 2014 Russia annexed the Ukrainian Crimea, entering the Peninsula its troops and held there for illegal “referendum”.

Ambassador Rycroft claimed that Russia had triggered the Ukraine crisis situation, while ambassador Haley reiterated the US position, calling for an immediate end to the Russian occupation of Crimea. Crimea is part of Ukraine said the US ambassador.

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  • gordo1

    Patrick Edgar

    Just which and where are Britain's “Extranational Territories? I believe you will find that there are no such territories ANYWHERE. And you surely are aware that, mainly due to pressure from the native populations, former British territories are pretty well all independent. There are exceptions, of course, such as Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands - in both these cases the local populations have no desires to lose their present status. Let alone become a colony of Argentina!

    And your final statement ”Indeed the true Argentine character, not the one your propaganda tries to defuse, is one who always looked at the natives as simply an Argentine descended from indians.“ is, of course utter ”basura” and totally false. You are wasting your time here!

    Feb 04th, 2017 - 07:43 pm +9
  • Andy35

    What is this Falklands debt you are talking about Edgar? I don't think that is the right word. “Lust for territory” might be a better term.

    I think the comments on Argentina and the prior indigenous people on here are quite appropriate because it is Argentina that brings up the colonial argument time and time again forgetting they are a colony derived from the Spanish empire. They need to drop this line of attack.

    I think Patrick you need to cut your post lengths down, far too much convoluted language encompassing two many thoughts that flit through your brain as you write.

    Feb 04th, 2017 - 07:41 pm +8
  • golfcronie

    All of you Argentines are descended from EUians, certainly not from indians. Name one indian in your government.

    Feb 04th, 2017 - 07:58 pm +6
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