Russia backs Argentina's bid for Falklands negotiations with UK

Russia supports Argentina's bid for talks with Britain on sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

Russia supports Argentina's bid for talks with Britain on sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday.

"We support the determination of Argentina to start direct bilateral negotiations with Britain with the aim of the earliest possible settlement of the sovereignty dispute over the Malvinas Islands with numerous UN resolutions being taken into account. We are determined to continue to maintain this approach, including at the UN Special Committee on Decolonization," Lavrov said in an interview in Buenos Aires on Monday.

"Just as Latin American countries and their associations, Russia is against the militarization of the South Atlantic and stands for strict compliance by all the parties of their international commitments under the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (Tlatelolco Treaty) and the Additional Protocols to it. We consider it important that the parties to the dispute should avoid any moves that can preclude negotiations," Lavrov said.

Argentina lays claim to the Falklands, which it calls Malvinas Islands and which have belonged to Britain since the 1830s, and lost a brief war with Britain in 1982 over the islands.

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