Moscow is closely following the character and thrust of the statements by the United States on Arctic topics, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Ambassador at large of the MFA of Russia Nikolay Korchunov.
"We carefully monitor the nature and direction of the official statements of Washington for the Arctic theme. In General, the administration of Donald trump continues to emphasize the special role of the US in Northern Affairs, imposing their own approaches. It seeks to prevent the growing influence in the region "opponents" and counts with the support of allies to strengthen its position in the issue of development of Northern resources," said Korchunov.
The US appealed to Russia on leasing or sale of the breakers, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Ambassador at large Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Nikolay Korchunov.
The President of the United States Donald trump ordered to develop a program for the construction of icebreakers for the Arctic and Antarctic. In order to encourage "national interests" in these regions, it is planned to develop icebreaker fleet, which will be at least three courts heavy class, as well as a number of icebreakers middle class.
"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.
Russia acts in the Arctic commensurate with the military-political situation, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Ambassador at large of the MFA of Russia Nikolay Korchunov.
Previously the first Deputy assistant Secretary of state for European Affairs and Eurasian Affairs Michael Murphy said that the increase of Russian military presence in the Arctic "beyond defense", the Pentagon allies have to reply to this. In particular, he mentioned the creation in Russia of a new Arctic command and an Arctic troops, the restoration of ports and airfields, construction of new infrastructure, plans to deploy the s-400 system on the Kola Peninsula.