ABC Evening News for Saturday, Dec 14, 1991
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(Studio: Carole Simpson) Report introduced.
(Moscow: Mike Lee) Statement from President Mikhail Gorbachev that he will stay in power to help overcome the crisis in the USSR as the new commonwealth emerges featured; his position on maintaining central control of nuclear weapons and other issues outlined. Gorbachev said criticizing both the United States for stabbing him in the back and the West for moving slowly on economic aid. Prediction by Russian President Boris Yeltsin on future course of the economy under the commonwealth noted; Moscow scenes shown of demonstration against planned food price hikes. The high price of free market reforms in the Soviet union reiterated.
(State Department: Rick Inderfurth) Reaction to administration's call for an international conference to coordinate humanitarian aid to the USSR featured. [German television Peter FREY - says United States help is too late.] [On December 12 "Nightline", Republican presidential candidate Patrick BUCHANAN - says United States should deal with its own problems.] [Senator Richard LUGAR - says President Bush should act boldly with regard to USSR .] Secretary of State James Baker noted heading for USSR to talk about aid issues.
(Studio: Carole Simpson) Coverage of demise of USSR on "This Week with David Brinkley" announced.
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