Britain will send two troop-carrying Chinook helicopters and new surface-to-air missile system to the Falkland Islands, amid fears Russia could be arming the Argentine government.

Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, said the Islands will be ready to repel “any potential threat” following reports that the Kremlin is preparing to lease 12 Su-24 long range bombers to Buenos Aires in exchange for beef and wheat.

It came as Russia questioned the legitimacy of Britain’s claim on the Islands.

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UK Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Cadets from the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst conducted live-fire training on the U.S. Army’s Grafenwoehr Training Area in southern Germany, Nov.13, 2013. The training is the part of the culminating field exercise before cadets are eligible for commissioning in the British Army. The ranges at the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Training Area regularly play host to NATO and partner nations’ as they prepare for current and future military operations.