Libyan currency worth more than $ 1 billion, which was printed in Moscow and seized by Malta, is not counterfeit. The Russian Foreign Ministry announced this on Saturday in response to US claims, as Reuters news agency reported.
"Libya has two central banks, one in the capital of Tripoli, and the other in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, because the country is de facto controlled by two centers of power," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.
Russian diplomats note that Goznak sent Libyan notes to the central bank in Tobruk in accordance with the terms of a contract signed in 2015.
“So, it’s not the dinars that are fake, but the statements of America,” the ministry said.
The Russian company noted that the cargo was seized by customs officers in Malta when it was heading for Libya in September 2019, in violation of all the rules of international law.
According to Russian customs data, a parallel central bank in eastern Libya stepped up deliveries of new banknotes from Russia last year, before and after Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar launched a military offensive to capture Tripoli.
Data received by Reuters suggests that about 4.5 billion Libyan dinars (more than $ 3 billion) were sent in four batches from February to June 2019.
As we reported before, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will approve a $ 5 billion assistance program for Ukraine at a board meeting on June 5