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NATO / United States Troop Reductions #15513

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 18, 1971
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(Studio) USSR Premier Kosygin meets with Canada Prime Min. Trudeau; praises Canada's unilateral withdrawal of forces from Europe.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Brussels, Belgium) 300,000 United States troops in Europe backbone of NATO. [NATO Secretary General Manlio BROSIO - says unilateral reduction of United States forces in Europe will damage NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) alliance; no reductions should be made except result of negotiations with USSR .]
REPORTER: John Rolfson

(Bamberg, West Germany) Mil. officials maintain to reduce United States troop strength in Europe would limit options in event of war, increase nuclear war risk; points out costs to maintain troops in Europe only 1/2 cost in US.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Reasoner, Harry;
Rolfson, John

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