The growth and development of a modern navy has been a somewhat recent phenomenon for the USSR, occurring most significantly in the last decade. Soviet policy towards law of the sea matters, then, is naturally influenced by these factors. The push towards an ever-expanding role in the world's oceans, engendered primarily in the national interest, clearly colors the Soviet views, as expressed in current international discussions.
"Soviet Policy on the Sea-Bed and the Ocean Floor,"
Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce: Vol. 1
, Article 6.
Available at: http://surface.syr.edu/jilc/vol1/iss1/6