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British Ambassador summoned over Falklands exercise

Deputy foreign minister Eduardo Zuain has summoned the British Ambassador in Buenos Aires in a protest over a planned military exercise on the Falkland Islands next week.

The capital of the Falkland Islands, Stanley Credit: Trevor Page/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

A spokesman for the Embassy of Argentina in London said: "The Government of the United Kingdom will conduct military exercises on occupied Argentine territory between 14 and 27 April, including missile launchings from the Malvinas Islands.

"This action falls within a pattern already denounced by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on 2 April, consisting of provocations and hostile acts towards Argentina from an extra-continental nuclear power."


Argentina: UK exercises on Falklands 'provocative'

A file photo of troops from the Falkland Island Defence Force on a run. Credit: PA Archive

Argentina has accused the UK of provocative behaviour by planning military exercises in the Falkland Islands next week.

Deputy foreign minister Eduardo Zuain summoned the British ambassador in Buenos Aires to protest over the "new show of military force".

It is the latest diplomatic clash following heightened tensions over the territory since Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner took power in Argentina.

Crimea 'means more to Russia than Falklands to UK'

Sergei Lavrov said: "We expressed our opinion that we will respect the will of the Crimean people on March 16."

Russian Foreign Secretary Sergei Lavrov has said the Ukrainian region of Crimea means more to Russians than the Falklands mean to British people.

He said the planned referendum in Crimea is in line with international law - a claim which US and EU leaders dispute - and argued that the region should be treated similarly to Kosovo, which was unilaterally declared independent from Serbia in 2008.

Mr Lavrov also flatly rejected reports which emerged today claiming that the Kremlin is planning to invade eastern Ukraine. He said Moscow has "no plans" to undertake such an operation.

Ossie Ardiles' son thought his father was 'in big trouble'

The son of former footballer Ossie Ardiles says he feared the worst for his father after they were both involved in a car accident in the Falklands.

"I thought he was in big trouble to be honest with you," Federico Ardiles said, after seeing the large gash on his father's head.

The former Tottenham star has had some stitches and is likely to be airlifted to a hospital in Buenos Aires for a precautionary scan, Federico added.


Ardiles 'doing well' after suffering severe cuts to head

Ardiles promoting his autobiography in 2009 Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Ossie Ardiles has sustained severe lacerations to the head, but is progressing well, after being involved in a car crash in the Falklands with former Argentine footballer Ricky Villa.

In a statement released by the Falklands Government, the former Spurs player and manager said: “Thank you to everyone in the Islands who has helped, without exception.

"Thank you to everyone for your concern, I am fine and doing well.”

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Tottenham releases statement following Ardiles and Villa crash

Tottenham Hotspur FC has released a statement following the news that Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa were involved in a car accident.

Ardiles, who is also former manager of Newcastle United, and Villa spent 15 years on the playing staff at Tottenham between them.

"All at the club wish Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa speedy recoveries after they were involved in a car accident in the Falklands on Monday evening.

"We have been in touch with Ossie's friends and relatives and have been informed that both Ricky and he were fine, and that Ossie suffered a cut to the head that required stitches, but he remained conscious throughout. Ossie remains in hospital."

– Tottenham Hotspur FC

Ardiles and Villa involved in Falklands car accident

Ricky Villa (left) and Ossie Ardiles pictured in London last year. Credit: PA

Former Argentina and Tottenham footballers Ricky Villa and Ossie Ardiles have been involved in a car accident on the Falkland Islands on Monday night.

The South Atlantic News Agency said the pair were on the island to film a documentary for ESPN.

A British military helicopter airlifted Ardiles and Villa, both 61, to a hospital in Stanley shortly after the accident occurred at around 9pm local time, according to the MinutoUno news site.

Four of the injured were discharged from hospital while three remain under observation, the report added.

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