ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 16, 1991
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(State Department: John McWethy) Secretary of State James Baker's meeting with Russian President Boris Yeltsin featured; scenes shown of the meeting in Kremlin's Catherine Hall attended by Yevgeny Shaposhnikov, head of the Soviet military, as part of Yeltsin's Russian delegation. [YELTSIN - (thru translator) talks about control of nuclear weapons.] Yeltsin said demanding diplomatic recognition by the United States and the old Soviet seat at the United Nations Security Council. [YELTSIN - (thru translator) talks about President Mikhail Gorbachev's future.] [At meeting with Baker, GORBACHEV - (thru translator) says the USSR is in transition.] Baker's need to establish relations with the new leadership noted.
(Moscow: John Donvan) The Soviet society, seemingly unaffected by political change, featured; scenes shown. [While waiting in line for gas, Nikolai MIKHAILOVICH - (thru translator) says he has lost hope.] [US-Canada Institution Alexander BEVZ - says society cannot shut down.] [Bakery manager Tatyana ROGOVA - (thru translator) hopes things get better.] [On bus, MAN - (thru translator) doubts things will get better.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Russian parliament reported declaring itself the successor to the central Soviet parliament.
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