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USSR / Lithuania Independence #127548

ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 23, 1990
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(White House: Brit Hume) Crisis in Lithuania as USSR responds to its quest for independence featured. [President BUSH - opposes any attempt at forced intervention by Soviet forces in Lithuania.] Statement from White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater in response to two United States diplomats being kicked out of country outlined on screen. [Soviet ambassador Yuri DUBININ - comments.] Impact of events in Lithuania on US-USSR relations noted.

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Plea from Lithuanian president to outside world quoted.

(Vilnius, Lithuania: Jim Hickey) Increasing Soviet pressure on Lithuania featured; details given of warnings from President Mikhail Gorbachev that Lithuania's drive for independence is illegal; scenes shown of helicopter dropping leaflets on Vilnius, Lithuania, USSR . [WOMAN - (thru translator) says Gorbachev should leave us alone.] Scenes shown from parliament meeting where president queried an appointee. [Lithuanian spokesman Algimantas CEKUOLIS - says it is a war of nerves.]

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Jim Laurie) Gorbachev's response to Lithuanian defiance examined. [Soviet scholar Victor KLEMENUCK - says there may be a kind of civil war if Gorbachev allows Lithuanian secession.] Other republics noted monitoring situation in Lithuania. [MOLDAVIAN - (thru translator) comments.] [Soviet foreign ministry spokesman Gennady GERASIMOV - (thru translator) says we ask them to go by procedure.] [Latvian deputy Yuri BOYARS - says this is not self-determination.] Scenes shown from Estonia and Lithuania. [KLEMENUCK - says logical solution would be for Gorbachev to send in troops.]

Reporter(s):
Hickey, Jim;
Hume, Brit;
Laurie, Jim;
Sawyer, Diane
Duration:
00:06:50

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