Russia will respond to U.S. sanctions aimed at Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream pipelines, as well as the so-called “hell sanctions” approved by the US Senate committee. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated this on the air of the Russian Channel One, as RBK reported.
"We will respond to sanctions, but so that we do not harm ourselves. But we will answer for sure. And, of course, we will take this into account, building all our relations," said the Russian Foreign Minister.
In his opinion, the actions of American congressmen are "reckless," while US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo want to develop trade relations with Russia.
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.