Russia to go ahead with gas pipe project despite U.S. sanctions

FILE PHOTO: Allseas' deep sea pipe laying ship Solitaire lays pipes for Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea September 13, 2019. REUTERS/Stine Jacobsen/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that Moscow will press ahead with a major Russia-to-Germany natural gas pipeline, disregarding U.S. sanctions.

“Russia has implemented and will continue to implement its economic projects regardless of anyone’s sanctions,” the ministry said in the statement.

A U.S. bill signed by U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday included legislation imposing sanctions on companies laying pipe for Nord Stream 2, which aims to double gas capacity along the northern Nord Stream 1 pipeline route to Germany.

Reporting by Andrey Kuzmin; Editing by Alexander Smith