Russia implemented and will continue to implement its economic projects "regardless of any sanctions." This was said in a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Foreign Ministry believes that "the United States is crossing a landmark in foreign policy, starting to impose sanctions, which Russia has long been accustomed to, against its own allies."
In addition, they emphasized that the United States are going to sanction not Russian, but European companies involved in the laying of the Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream pipelines.
On December 17, the US Senate approved the defense budget, which provides for sanctions against Nord Stream 2.
Nord Stream 2 is a gas pipeline that should connect Russia with Germany along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The length of the route is more than 1200 km, the capacity of the new pipeline will be 55 billion m³ of gas per year. The cost of the project is 9.5 billion euros, it is financed in half by Russian Gazprom and five European companies: the Anglo-Dutch Shell, German Wintershall and Uniper, the French Engie and the Austrian OMV.
The authorities of Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia consider Nord Stream 2 a threat to Europe’s energy security.