FT says UK rejects Argentina's protests over oil drilling plans in Malvinas
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"British diplomats say there is little expectation of direct military action by Argentina," the Financial Times reported.
"Diplomats are, however, alert to a possible alternative course of action: Argentina attempting to disrupt the passage of the rig using civilian vessels," the article added.
"Unlike the situation at the time of the Argentine invasion in 1982, the Falklands are well defended with four eurofighter jets, at least two warships and an infantry company posted at all times."
"In the unlikely event of conflict, the UK would face a far more difficult task in recapturing the territory. Its military is less well equipped for expeditionary warfare and an invading army could use a modern airstrip - built by the British after the 1982 war," it ended.
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