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CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 11, 1991
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Anthony Mason) Russian President Boris Yeltsin's move to consolidate a new commonwealth without President Mikhail Gorbachev featured; scenes shown. [YELTSIN - announces that Armenia and Kirghizia have joined the commonwealth.] Other republics reported considering joining the commonwealth; map shown. Meeting between Yeltsin and defense minister Yevgeny Shaposhnikov mentioned. [Russian foreign minister Andrei KOZYREV - urges Gorbachev to continue to be a reformer.] [On Soviet TV, former Gorbachev deputy SPOKESMAN - (thru translator) comments on possible Gorbachev resignation.] [MAN, WOMAN - (thru translator) comment on changes.]

(White House: Susan Spencer) White House reaction to events in the USSR featured. [US ambassador Robert STRAUSS - comments on Yeltsin, civil unrest.] Secretary of State James Baker's meeting with President Bush to assess the Soviet situation noted. [BUSH - comments on Soviet nuclear weapons.] United States agricultural loans and direct food assistance mentioned; scenes shown of Soviets waiting in line. [Center for National Policy Madeleine ALBRIGHT - comments on food and medical aid.]

Mason, Anthony;
Rather, Dan;
Spencer, Susan

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