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USSR / Lithuanian Independence / United States Response #331907

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 27, 1990
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Reports introduced.

(Vilnius: Barry Petersen) Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis reported accusing Kremlin soldiers of beating Lithuanians who had deserted the Red Army; details given; scenes shown from Vilnius, Lithuania, USSR . [LANDSBERGIS - (thru translator) demands negotiations with President Mikhail Gorbachev.] Anti-secessionist rally in Lithuania reported.

(Moscow: Allen Pizzey) Impact that secession of Lithuania would have upon rest of USSR predicted. [Economist Rair SIMONYAN - predicts economic disintegration if Lithuania succeeds.] [USSR spokesman Gennady GERASIMOV - says force will not be used in Lithuania.] Kremlin forces recalled using force to put down protest in Georgia; file scenes shown. Gorbachev noted under mounting pressure to solve Lithuania problem. [Soviet affairs analyst Martin McCAULEY - comments on Gorbachev.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Soviet diplomat quoted regarding United States response to Lithuania question; President Bush's statement quoted. Report introduced.

(State Department: Bill Plante) Bush administration reported refusing to criticize Gorbachev. [State Department spokeswoman Margaret TUTWILER - urges peaceful resolution to problems.] Audio of Vice President Dan Quayle's recent statement regarding USSR broadcast. [Deputy Soviet Ambassador Sergei CHETVERIKOV - quotes Quayle.] [Representative Christopher COX - urges support of Lithuanians.]

Petersen, Barry;
Pizzey, Allen;
Plante, Bill;
Rather, Dan

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