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Montevideo, September 20th 2018 - 11:23 UTC

UK prepared to resume arms sales to Argentina after a six-year ban

Thursday, June 28th 2018 - 10:54 UTC
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Arms exports to the Argentine military are set to resume, more than six years after a ban imposed in a row over the Falkland Islands. Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan said restrictions would still be imposed on exports which could “enhance” Argentina's military capabilities. Read full article

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  • GALlamosa

    Probably a reasonable move at this point, but of course if bullying behaviour re-emerges the policy can always be reversed.

    Jun 28th, 2018 - 04:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Agree with you. In reality all UK have said is no more a 100% flat Ban - just that if you apply - we will look at it- and then decide yes or no depending on MOD advice.

    After all despite the FCO window dressed B.S. - all that has happened since 2016 is that if
    someone applies for a charter over flight quietly - it seems to be quietly approved. And discussions are ongoing that MAY lead to renewing the agreement on Fisheries Cooperation.
    THAT is all the change that there is post Kirschner ! Ships between here and Montevideo still have to go out around the Arg 200mile EEZ at big fule costs to them - no free transit right as is International norm so long as they stay outside the territorial limit.
    Latam still no longer allowed to position spare tyres at RioGallegos - as Arg knows that means Latam have to carry onboard on that flight - and that space and weight shuts off freight space to Falklands. from overseas.
    Arg has a long way to go yet - even quietly

    Jun 28th, 2018 - 09:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Enrique Massot

    What a huge step ahead for Argentina-UK relationship!

    This shows the essence of what the famous “return to the world” parroted by Argentine president Mauricio Macri means.

    For the UK, this is of course a win-win. The lucrative arms trade can resume as obstacles to islanders that Argentina had implemented to back its claim on the Islas Malvinas are gradually dismantled.

    This announcement, however, comes at a moment when Argentina's economic conditions rapidly deteriorate. Probably, the first orders to the UK will be consistent with Argentina's previous massive purchases of rubber bullets, tear gas and other anti-riot gear, as the government readies to face increasing civil unrest.

    Amazing what can be accomplished - with a little help from your friends.

    Jun 29th, 2018 - 05:16 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • R. Ben Madison

    Hopefully every piece of equipment sold has an off switch that the British can activate by radio.

    Jun 30th, 2018 - 11:30 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Lee F

    England will return the Malvinas within 25 years.

    Jul 02nd, 2018 - 02:05 am - Link - Report abuse -2

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