Maltese authorities seized a cargo ship with two large shipping containers filled with the newly introduced Libyan currency, believed to have been printed in Russia. The shipment was discovered in late September when the ship stopped in Malta. The shipment was intended for Haftar's forces, and have been crucial to funding his military efforts. While Russia is technically neutral, it is believed to be quietly aiding Marshal Haftar's LNA forces with cash, diplomatic and even military support.
Malta, an EU member country, technically recognises al-Sarraj's GNA based in Tripoli. However, a Maltese security source said this was not anti-Russia rather about enforcing international law and UN resolutions.