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Commonwealth / Military Questions / United States Diplomacy #132897

ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 27, 1991
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(Studio: Carole Simpson) Report introduced.

(Moscow: John Donvan) Dispute between the 11 republics forming the new Soviet commonwealth over military policy featured; Ukraine said unhappy over agreement allowing Russian President Boris Yeltsin to control the nuclear weapons, while Moldavia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan want independent armies. Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev recalled warning that the commonwealth moved too quickly; scenes shown of Gorbachev with a Japanese journalist in the Kremlin and with a group of people in the streets of Moscow.

(Studio: Carole Simpson) Opposition forces in Georgia reported burning the KGB headquarters and freeing political prisoners while Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia remains inside the surrounded parliament building; scenes shown from Tbilisi, Georgia.

(Studio: Carole Simpson) State Department reported stating it will recognize all 12 former Soviet republics as independent nations.

(State Department: John McWethy) Scramble in the United States government to deal with the diplomatic aspects of recognizing the new countries featured. United States said concerned that the leaders know little about running democratic, capitalistic systems. Meanwhile, the American public wants President Bush to focus on domestic issues.

Donvan, John;
McWethy, John;
Simpson, Carole

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