Contemporary Issues: Some Soviet Comments
In his chapter on the Soviet Navy, Carl Jacobsen notes the role of the Arctic for the Soviet Union and its significance as a location for a substantial part of Soviet naval strength. Indeed, the Soviet Union has consistently invested large resources in the development of the northern sea passage. This was dictated by economic goals as well as geo-strategic considerations. For many decades the only link between the Soviet West (the European part) and the Far East was the Trans-Siberian railway; its limitations in terms of carrying capacity were evident both during the Russo—Japanese war of 1904–5, and during the eastward movement of Soviet troops in 1945 in support of American and British efforts in the Far East.
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- 2.See Ye. P. Velikhov, Ye. Z. Sagdeyev and A. A. Kokoshin (eds) Arms in Space: Security Dilemmas, Moscow, Peace Publishing House, 1986Google Scholar