The United States says they have “no knowledge” of a shipment of 3M face masks heading for Germany that was seized and diverted in a Bangkok airport.
Officials in Berlin have accused the United States of an “act of modern piracy” after an order of 200,000 face masks bound for the European powerhouse went missing in Bangkok.
The US Embassy in Thailand swiftly responded, denying any involvement. A spokeswoman for the US Embassy, Jillian Bonnardeaux, said:
“The United States Government did not take any action to divert any 3M supplies that were destined to Germany nor did we have any knowledge of such a shipment.”
“We remain concerned about pervasive attempts to divide international efforts through unsourced, unattributed disinformation campaigns.”
The United States has been accused by several countries in Europe and South America of attempting to block shipments of medical supplies to the original buyers.
However, while the Germans were adamant that the US had hijacked the shipment in Bangkok, they somewhat backtracked shortly afterward, claiming they were still trying to “clarify” the situation.
US President, Donald Trump, said that “there has been no act of privacy,” while a spokeswoman for 3M said the company has no evidence that its products had been seized.
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