Russia's Lavrov says Nord Stream 2 will be launched despite sanctions: Ifax

FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov listens to a question during a news conference at the Russian Embassy in Washington, U.S., December 10, 2019. REUTERS/Al Drago/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday that the Nord Stream 2 and Turk Stream gas pipeline projects would be launched despite U.S. sanctions, adding that Russia planned to respond to the new measures, the Interfax news agency reported.

U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill on Friday that included legislation imposing sanctions on firms laying pipe for Nord Stream 2, which seeks to double gas capacity along the northern Nord Stream pipeline route to Germany.

Reporting by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Catherine Evans