"Ivan Papanin" is not a classic icebreaker, and a warship, so the installation of weapons should not cause issues, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Ambassador at large of the MFA of Russia Nikolay Korchunov.
Earlier, the commander of the U.S. Navy in Europe and Africa Admiral James Foggo, speaking about the new Russian ice breaker "Ivan Papanin", noted that it can carry cruise missiles "Caliber" and stressed that this type of missile is not a defensive weapon.
The commander of the U.S. Navy in Europe and Africa Admiral James Foggo was worried because of the activity of Russian submarines in the Mediterranean sea. His words leads edition of Stars and Stripes.
He noted that the modern, quiet diesel submarines Russia equipped with attack missile complex "Caliber", which is capable of hitting "any capital of Europe or Africa." Foggo came to the conclusion that the reason for the extension of the American presence in Europe.
The installation of the missiles "Caliber" the icebreaker is not defensive, but offensive step, said Thursday the commander of the U.S. Navy in Europe and Africa Admiral James Foggo
"Russia is aggressive in his approach to the Arctic. They recently presented a new ice breaker "Ivan Papanin", which can carry cruise missiles "Caliber". I already asked this question a few times and will ask again: who put missiles on the icebreakers? Some countries put defensive armament on their icebreakers, but "Caliber" has no defensive weapons," he said during the webinar.