The government has made a formal protest with the British Embassy in Buenos Aires to reject Britain's military exercises in and around the disputed Malvinas (Falkland) Islands, Argentina's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.
The two countries fought a war in 1982 over the South Atlantic islands, which are known in the Spanish-speaking world as the Malvinas. The war began when troops dispatched by then-dictator Leopoldo Galtieri occupied the archipelago, prompting Britain to dispatch an expeditionary force which took back the territory.
Argentina suffered 649 fatalities in the 74-day war, while 255 British troops and three islanders died. Argentina argues it inherited the windswept islands from Spain when it gained independence in the 19th century.
Britain refuses to negotiate the status of the islands, as demanded by Argentina, arguing that the nearly 3,000 people living there voted in a referendum in 2013 to remain part of Britain.