Germany: U.S. seized our 200,000 face masksChristian Fernsby ▼ | April 4, 2020
A senior German politician on Friday accused the Trump administration of modern piracy after nearly 200,000 face masks ordered by Germany were seized by U.S. authorities.
Interior Minister Andreas Geisel
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“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. ■