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Yugoslavia / Kosovo / NATO Peacekeeping / The Russians #186660

ABC Evening News for Saturday, Jun 12, 1999
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) The start of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) occupation of Kosovo introduced.

(Pristina: Bob Woodruff) NATO's taking control of Kosovo featured; scenes shown of British and other troops moving in while ethnic Albanians cheered. [ALBANIAN - describes hiding.] The presence of Russian troops in parts of Pristina noted.

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) The diplomatic talks over Russia's unscheduled appearance in Kosovo examined. [Secretary of Defense William COHEN - says there is confusion.] [On Friday, Vice President Al GORE, Secretary of State Madeleine ALBRIGHT, President CLINTON - say Russia will not enter Kosovo.] [Today, COHEN - comments.] The Russian desire to control a Serb- populated sector of northern Kosovo noted. [Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Hugh SHELTON - comments on the Russians.]

(Moscow: Gillian Findlay) The Russian move into Kosovo with President Boris Yeltsin's approval examined; scenes shown of the Serbs cheering the Russian troops. [Political analyst Masha LIPPMAN - assesses Russia's decision out of wounded pride.] How this action could be a propaganda coup for Russia noted.

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Report introduced.

(Near the Kosovo border: Mike Lee) The United States troops to be deployed in Kosovo as peacekeepers featured; scenes shown of United States Marines training in Macedonia. [Marine Corps sergeant Richard WALKER, sergeant Chris JONES - show off the weaponry and talk about their role.]

Findlay, Gillian;
Lee, Mike;
Raddatz, Martha;
Vargas, Elizabeth;
Woodruff, Bob

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