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US-USSR Rel. / Summit #106132

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 27, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: John McWethy) Announcement that USSR foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze to come to United States to meet with Secretary of State George Shultz reported Refusal by USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev to set summit date in effort to gain concessions from President Reagan on SDI/Star Wars recalled. Mtg. of Shevardnadze and United States ambassador Jack Matlock to set up arms control talks reported; details outlined. United States-USSR noted close to agreement on treaty eliminating medium and short-range missiles and making progress toward agreements on long- range missiles. [USSR foreign ministry spokesperson Boris PYADYSHEV - (thru translator) says treaty will soon be signed by Gorbachev and Reagan.] Reagan noted saying let's wait and see if he has beaten Gorbachev. Supposition that Gorbachev refused to set summit date to squeeze concessions from Reagan, that he failed to do so and now negotiations are back on track towards summit reported

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John

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