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State of The Union Address / Troop Cuts #126674

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 01, 1990
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Proposal by President Bush during his State of the Union address that United States and USSR cut troops in Europe noted.

(State Department: John McWethy) Debate in Congress over extent of troop cuts featured; scenes shown. [Secretary of State James BAKER - says US and USSR need to lock in agreements that are mutually advantageous.] [Senators Paul SARBANES, Joseph BIDEN, Jesse HELMS - talk about timetable and President Mikhail Gorbachev.] Background to Bush's decision reviewed; White House Chief of Staff John Sununu mentioned.

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Response from Soviet foreign ministry spokesman Gennady Gerasimov to troop reduction proposal detailed. USSR noted also opening talks in Budapest, Hungary, about pulling troops out of Hungary.

(London: John Donvan) European reaction to Bush's troop proposal featured; details given of response from British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. [West German defense minister Gerhard STOLTENBERG - says Europe still needs troops during changing conditions.] Concern that other NATO nations will cut back noted.

Donvan, John;
McWethy, John;
Sawyer, Diane

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