Germany: U.S. seized our 200,000 face masks
Topics: GERMANY U.S.
Andreas Geisel, the interior minister for Berlin state, confirmed media reports that about 200,000 FFP2 masks purchased for the Berlin police were seized at an airport in the Thai capital Bangkok following intervention by American authorities.
“We view this as an act of modern piracy,” he said in a written statement, stressing that such behavior between transatlantic partners is unacceptable.
"Even in times of global crisis there should be no wild west methods. I am urging the federal government to demand the U.S.A. respect international rules,” he added.
According to German public broadcaster RBB, Berlin had purchased the masks from U.S. company 3M, which has factories in China.
The shipment destined for Germany was stopped at the Bangkok airport following intervention by American authorities and was diverted to the U.S., local media reported.
Germany is the third-worst-affected country by the coronavirus pandemic in Europe after Italy and Spain.
Germany's death toll rose to 1,217 on Friday, while the total number of cases surpassed 89,500. ■