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Did Russia threaten to attack Gibraltar? No, but…

The Royal Navy destroyer HMS Diamond pictured earlier this year in Gibraltar, where it rearmed following a ‘high threat’ deployment to protect commercial shipping in the Red Sea. Photo by Johnny Bugeja

There was much excitement in some newsrooms this week over reports that Russia had identified Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands as potential targets should the war in Ukraine spread beyond that country’s borders. It led to suitably breathless and dramatic headlines claiming Russia had “threatened to attack Gibraltar”. The problem was Russia had made no...

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