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USSR / Food Shortages / Distribution System / Bush- Gorbachev Meeting #126178

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 12, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Brit Hume) Decision by United States to help USSR combat its food shortage problem featured; scenes shown from meeting of President Bush and Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze. [BUSH - thanks USSR for help in the Persian Gulf.] [Later, BUSH - says United States will help with immediate needs and later economic reform.] [Secretary of State James BAKER - says this is not a payback for cooperation.] [SHEVARDNADZE - (thru translator) responds.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Soviet soldiers shown unloading provisions sent from Israel, Britain and Japan. Report introduced.

(Moscow: Jim Laurie) Inefficiency of Soviet food distribution system examined; scenes shown from Moscow of "food cop" checking out a shop.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Bush reported announcing he will meet with President Mikhail Gorbachev next February 11 to sign further disarmament treaties. Shevardnadze shown meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, an indication of warming relations between USSR and Israel.

Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
Laurie, Jim

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