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USSR / Ukraine-Russia-Byelorussia Pact / Union's Future #133054

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 08, 1991
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(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Report introduced.

(Moscow: John Donvan) Announcement of agreement between Russian President Boris Yeltsin, Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk and Stanislav Shushkevich, leader of Byelorussia, to set up a commonwealth between the three Slavic republics featured; map and scenes shown from their meeting in Minsk, Byelorussia. President Mikhail Gorbachev noted still arguing for a central government to link parts of the old Soviet union. [Soviet TV political editor Igor MALASHENKO - says without a union there will be an economic disaster.] Problems facing both this new commonwealth and the other Soviet republics reviewed.

(Studio: Forrest Sawyer) Analysis given of the future of the Soviet union; President Bush said talking to Yeltsin about the situation. [Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew BRZEZINSKI - says this may be the beginning of a political showdown between Gorbachev and Yeltsin or remnants of the army and Yeltsin; suggests United States recognize Ukraine to institutionalize pluralism there.]

Donvan, John;
Sawyer, Forrest

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