March 14, 2014 / 4:06 PM / in 4 years

Crimea means more to Russia than Falklands do to Britain: Lavrov

LONDON (Reuters) - Crimea means more to Russia than the Falklands mean to Britain, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday after holding last-ditch talks on the region with his U.S. counterpart John Kerry.

The two men were meeting in London ahead of a referendum in Crimea to decide whether the Ukrainian region will become part of Russia, a vote that has sparked tension between Moscow and the West.

Argentine forces invaded the Falklands in 1982, prompting Margaret Thatcher, then British prime minister, to dispatch a naval task force which retook them in a short but bloody war. Argentina has stepped up its calls for Britain to discuss the islands’ sovereignty in recent years.

Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Stephen Addison

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