"I've always joked about it ... so what if they won't give us visas,
put us on sanctions list ... tanks don't need visas," Rogozin said on
state TV late Sunday, after the host asked him whether Europe and the
United States are concerned about Russia's presence in the Arctic.
Russia recently conducted huge military exercises in its Arctic north
as it seeks to bolster its claims over the vast energy and mineral
resources now increasingly accessible due to the receding ice caps.
Rogozin is known for inflammatory tweets about the west, writing at the
weekend that it will "fall under the weight of Islamic State and gays"
rather than a perceived threat from Russia.
The deputy prime minister formerly served as an
envoy to Nato and once founded a nationalist party. He is on the
sanctions list of both the US treasury and the European Union following
the annexation of Crimea in March 2014. READ ALSO: Sweden confirms Russian spy plane violated airspace
After being put on the blacklist last year he boasted that Russia's
defence sector has "many other ways of travelling the world besides
Last May his plane was prevented from flying
over EU member Romania, after which he wrote: "Next time I will fly in a
Tu-160" bomber, provoking protest from the Romanian foreign ministry
who called it a "serious threat".