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‘US statements are pretend, not Libyan cash’: Moscow rebuffs accusations of printing counterfeit dinars

‘US statements are fake, not Libyan money’: Moscow rebuffs accusations of printing counterfeit dinars


Moscow printed dinars for Libya in accordance with a authorities contract, so Washington’s claims of it being pretend cash don’t have anything to do with actuality, in response to Russia’s Overseas Ministry.

The US State Division introduced on Friday that $1.1 billion value of “counterfeit, Russian-printed Libyan forex” was seized in Malta earlier this week. 

Moscow confirmed the dinars have been certainly printed by Russian state-owned firm Goznak, nevertheless it was completed in accordance with a contract it signed with the Central Financial institution of Libya in 2015. The order was totally paid for by the Libyan aspect, it was introduced.

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Following the NATO-backed removing of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and years of chaos, Libya is now run by two rival governments, which each have their very own central banks. Moscow stated it despatched cash to Benghazi, which is managed by the Libyan Nationwide Military (LNA) of Khalifa Haftar, as a result of the top of the native financial institution was appointed by the democratically elected parliament. The seized cash was important for stabilizing the troubled Libyan financial system, the ministry added. 

Subsequently, it’s the American statements which might be false, however not the Libyan dinars.

Washington, which backs the UN acknowledged Tripoli-based Authorities of Nationwide Accord (GNA), has labeled the LNA and its financial institution “an unlawful parallel entity.” 

Moscow reiterated its stance that the battle in Libya ought to solely be solved behind the negotiations desk, calling upon the edges to put down arms and begin speaking.

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