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USSR / Rust Controversy #109624

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jun 01, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Mikhail Gorbachev's exploitation of West German pilot Mathias Rust's successful evasion of Soviet air defense system to land in Red Square noted.

(Moscow, USSR : Walter Rodgers) West German dipls.' meeting with Rust, held in same prison where United States journalist Nicholas Daniloff and U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers were held, described; scenes shown. [W. German AMB. - declines comment.] [German reporter Lutz LEHMANN - notes lack of information on Kremlin's course of action with Rust.] Chgs. possibly faced by Rust listed on screen; Gorbachev recalled dismissing defense minister Sergei Sokolov and air defense chief Alexander Koldunov as result of Rust's feat. [Soviet foreign minister spokesperson Gennady GERASIMOV - admits anger with military's incompetence.] West German pres. mentioned scheduled to visit here next month

Jennings, Peter;
Rodgers, Walter

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