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Accused of ‘piracy’, United State denies diverting masks bound for Germany

The US had no knowledge of a shipment of face masks bound for Germany that officials in Berlin have accused it of diverting from an airport in Bangkok a spokeswoman for the United State embassy in Thailand said.

The comment came after Berlin Secretary of Interior Andreas Geisel said on Friday that an order of more than 199,000 masks bound for Germany had been confiscated in Bangkok and diverted to the United States, calling it an act of modern piracy.

The US 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,” Jillian Bonnardeaux, the spokeswoman for the United State embassy in Bangkok.

We remain concerned about pervasive attempts to divide international efforts through unsourced, unattributed disinformation campaigns.Thai authorities were not reachable on Monday as the country was observing a public holiday.

The accusation that masks were diverted came at a time when countries are scrambling to secure protective gear to battle the covid-19 pandemic.

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