British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon is expected to announce a “significant increase” in troop defenses stationed on Falkland Islands amid fears of a heightened threat from Argentina.

Argentina is feared to be increasing its military expenditure 33 years after the Falklands/Malvinas war, according to reports. Russian President Vladimir Putin is said to be working on a deal to lease 12 long-range bombers to the Latin American country.

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Fallon told BBC Breakfast: “We have been reviewing our defense arrangements of the Falklands where there is obviously a continuing threat even 30 years after the Falklands war. I’m going to be announcing in parliament how we are going to beef up the defense of Falkland Islands – obviously I can’t go into details before I tell parliament.”

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today program, Fallon was asked whether the threat to the islands had increased, following reports that Russia was planning to lease the bombers to Argentina.

“That particular deal hasn’t been confirmed, but all I can say is that the threat remains,” Fallon said. “It is a very live threat and I am responding to it this afternoon.”

The increase in personnel and equipment will boost the 1,200 troops already stationed on the Falklands, along with four RAF Typhoon jets, a small fleet of Sea King helicopters and a Rapier anti-aircraft missile battery.

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