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USSR / United States Aid / The Commonwealth #132634

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 12, 1991
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(State Department: John McWethy) Announcement by Secretary of State James Baker that the United States will host an international conference to coordinate massive financial aid to the USSR featured. [At Princeton University, BAKER - says the disoriented Soviet people must see that reformers can deliver; says United States defense budget must be used to destroy Soviet nuclear weapons.] The burden that war or anarchy in a fragmented USSR would have on the West outlined.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Statement from Harvard economist Jeffrey Sachs on how much aid the Russian republic would need to convert to a free market economy cited.

(Moscow: John Donvan) Views of President Mikhail Gorbachev and Russian President Boris Yeltsin on the course of events in the USSR featured; scenes shown of Yeltsin with the leader of Moldavia drumming up support for the commonwealth of independent states; details given of Yeltsin's outline for the future commonwealth. [GORBACHEV - (thru translator) says he will resign if the commonwealth comes into being.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk reported naming himself commander-in-chief of the Soviet forces based in his republic.

Donvan, John;
Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John

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