Russian Foreign Ministry report says cost of Libyan conflict will reach a trillion dollars by 2025, blames U.S. and allies

Alwasat - Cairo Sun 17 Jul 2022, 09:23 PM
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On Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry estimated the losses caused by the Libyan conflict will reach a trillion dollars by 2025, blaming the West for the conflict.

A report published by the ministry presented a summary of the material losses incurred by countries that have fallen as "victims" to US military interventions and Washington's allies in NATO, noting that among these countries are Libya, Iraq and Syria.

The report explained that as a result of the United States and NATO's intervention in Libya, the country's GDP losses between 2011 and 2015 were estimated at $216 billion.

The ministry added that "the American military machine has brought untold suffering to the Middle East and North Africa", noting that more than 205,000 civilians were killed as a result of the invasion of Iraq by the United States and its allies.

As for Syria, the report referred to the bombing of the entire city of Raqqa, as 11,000 buildings were destroyed and 80% of the city’s area became uninhabitable.

It added that "in the past twenty years alone, victims of attacks by Western countries have incurred material damages worth no less than 1.5 trillion dollars."

The report also considered that "Washington and its allies have not yet found the courage to take responsibility for their criminal actions and compensate the world for everything they did."

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the publication of the report was caused by “Western countries repeating statements calling for compensation from Russia and the confiscation of Russian public and private property abroad to finance the reconstruction of Ukraine”.

Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Anna Evstigneeva stated, during a briefing to the UN Security Council in mid-June, that “the entire African Sahel region has become a victim of an irresponsible, unjustified and unauthorized intervention by the Security Council in Libya in 2011. This is what made the region a target for banditry and terrorism.

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