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USSR / The Republics / Commonwealth vs. Union / Nuclear Weapons #133072

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 09, 1991
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(Moscow: John Donvan) Reaction of President Mikhail Gorbachev to the Slavic republics' commonwealth agreement that virtually replaces the central Soviet government featured; details given of yesterday's announcement of the forming of a new commonwealth between the Soviet republics of Ukraine, Russia and Byelorussia; map shown. Smaller republics, including Kazakhstan, led by President Nursultan Nazarbayev, noted supporting a union headed by Gorbachev. [On train, SLAV - (thru translator) says Slavs can live by themselves.]

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(State Department: John McWethy) Issue of whether the central government or the republics will control Soviet nuclear weapons and the army featured; position of Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk on weapons noted. [State Department spokeswoman Margaret TUTWILER - says US opposes independent nuclear states.] [Kennan Institution director Blair RUBLE, "Jane's Intelligence Review" Henry DODD - address the problem of control.] Concern that nuclear weapons would become the prize if a civil war broke out cited; Secretary of State James Baker's plans to visit the Slavic republics to push for demobilization of the nuclear forces noted.

Reporter(s):
Donaldson, Sam;
Donvan, John;
McWethy, John
Duration:
00:04:40

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