Russian naval policy regarding the law of the sea is in an interesting dilemma. The Soviet state is a considerable maritime power with a strong navy, a large merchant marine, and a very sizable fishing fleet. In order to exploit these assets to the full, the Russian Navy supports traditional legal freedoms of the high seas, so as to give her ships the greatest access to the world 's oceans.
Janis, Mark W.
"The Soviet Navy & Ocean Law,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 27:
2, Article 5.
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