May 26, security forces of Malta seized a large consignment of counterfeit currency, which was sent to Libya, on may 29 declared by the speaker of the US State Department Morgan Ortagus. Her statement cites the state Department website.
Party Libyan dinars equivalent to $1.1 billion, stamped Russian “Goznak”, the speaker noted. Delivery of banknotes ordered “illegitimate parallel organization”.
The Central Bank of Libya, with headquarters in Tripoli is the only legitimate in the country, said the state Department.
“The inflow of counterfeit of the Libyan currency printed by the Russians in recent years has exacerbated the economic problems of Libya. The United States remains committed to cooperation with the United Nations and international partners to prevent illegal activity that undermines the sovereignty and stability of Libya and is contrary to international sanctions regimes. This incident once again underlines the necessity of ending Russia’s destabilizing actions in Libya,” said Orthus.
The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia of may 30, acknowledged that the consignment of banknotes was not for the Central Bank of Libya in Tripoli, and the banking institution in Tobruk, which is controlled by troops “vostochnoevropeiskogo government.” “In terms of actual power in Libya currently, there are two Central Bank”, – said in a statement the foreign Ministry.
According to Russian diplomats, as controlled “dobrusskin government,” the Bank was established by the Parliament of Libya, he, too, is legitimate.
“Thus, the false are not Libyan dinars and us statements,” he concluded in the Ministry.
According to Reuters, pparallelnyy Bank in Eastern Libya have stepped up the delivery of new banknotes from Russia, when the commander of the army of the unrecognized government of Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive on Tripoli. A total of more than $3 billion was sent to Libya with four parties in the period from February to June 2019.
After the overthrow in 2011 of the regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi the country has formed a new government, however, in 2014 it split and in Libya, fighting broke out between the two administrations. One of them – the internationally recognized government of national unity (GNU), which controls Tripoli, the second – “tobrucka the government,” the armed forces which is commanded by General Haftar.
Russia is providing financial, political and military support to the forces of the Haftarot; non the UN in Libya was up to 1.2 thousand mercenaries of the Russian private military company “Wagner”.