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USSR / Lithuanian Independence / United States Response #331803

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 20, 1990
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(Studio: Dan Rather) President Bush quoted regarding USSR troop movements near Republic of Lithuania. Reports introduced.

(Moscow: Barry Petersen) Lithuania's Parliament reported forming its own government; details given; scenes shown from Vilnius, Lithuania, USSR . Issues over which Lithuanians and President Mikhail Gorbachev disagree listed. [Newspaper editor Algimantas CEKOULIS - criticizes USSR military maneuvers near Lithuania.] [Soviet affairs analyst Sergei PLEKHANOV - says Kremlin will not use force.] Independence movement in Estonia reported gaining momentum. Gorbachev's anti-secession strategy outlined.

(White House: Wyatt Andrews) White House noted warning Gorbachev against use of intimidation in his efforts to preserve the union. [BUSH - comments on need for peaceful change.] Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze reported meeting with Secretary of State James Baker in Africa. [SHEVARDNADZE - (thru translator) assures peaceful intent.] [Representative Newt GINGRICH - praises Gorbachev.] [Representatives John MILLER, Robert DORNAN - urge United States to help Lithuanians win their independence.]

Andrews, Wyatt;
Petersen, Barry;
Rather, Dan

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