At least since 1946, there has been a strong, persistent impression in the United States that the keys to understanding Soviet interests in Southwest Asia are linked to oil and the ability to regulate or deny that oil to other nations. 1 The Russians also are widely held to be intent on acquiring a warm water port, that is, a year-around port, on the Indian Ocean,.
Westwood, James T.
"The Soviet Union and the Southern Sea Route,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 35
, Article 9.
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