CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 17, 1991
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Moscow: Jonathan Sanders) Plan for the USSR to become the commonwealth on December 31 when the USSR flag will be lowered from the Kremlin featured; scenes shown of meeting between President Mikhail Gorbachev and Western scholars. Closed meeting between Gorbachev and Russian President Boris Yeltsin during which they agreed that the old Soviet government would cease operation by year's end reported. [Gorbachev spokesman Andrei GRACHEV - comments on Gorbachev's plans.] Scenes shown of Secretary of State James Baker arriving in Bishkek, Kirghizia, and at press conference with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev; Nazarbayev reported telling Baker that Kazakhstan will keep nuclear weapons if Russia does. [YELTSIN - makes speech about hard times ahead.] Yeltsin's plans to make a quick trip to Italy noted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Crumbling of Gorbachev's power base featured; scenes shown of Gorbachev on August 21; influence of the coup attempt on the USSR 's transformation noted; scenes shown of coup resisters, of Gorbachev with Western leaders; Gorbachev's role in history noted.
(Studio: Dan Rather) President Bush reported saying he still plans to host an international conference next month to consider coordinating aid to the Soviet people; French President Francois Mitterrand's statement about the conference noted.
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