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USSR / Commonwealth Agreement / Yeltsin / Gorbachev / Nuclear Weapons #336822

CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 09, 1991
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(Studio: Dan Rather) "New York Times" headline about death of the USSR shown and read. Report introduced.

(Moscow: Anthony Mason) Aftermath of this weekend's signing of agreement by Russian President Boris Yeltsin and leaders of Ukraine and Byelorussia to form a commonwealth of independent states featured; scenes shown; details given; map shown. Yeltsin reported meeting today with President Mikhail Gorbachev. [At press conference, Kazakhstan President Nursultan NAZARBAYEV - (thru translator) supports Gorbachev.] Excerpt shown from Soviet television of announcer reading Gorbachev's official response to the commonwealth agreement. [Russian foreign minister Andrei KOZYREV - comments on whether it's another coup.] Confusion over who will be in charge of the Soviet military noted; scenes shown of Gorbachev watching troops marching. Gorbachev's refusal to resign, his call for a meeting of the Soviet parliament reported.

(Pentagon: David Martin) Confusion over who will now control Soviet nuclear weapons featured. [KOZYREV - says weapons will remain under centralized control.] Yeltsin's telephone call to President Bush and Ukrainian president's statement regarding weapons control reported. [State Department spokeswoman Margaret TUTWILER - states policy on weapons control.] Map shown of location of Soviet nuclear weapons. [On "Face the Nation", Secretary of State James BAKER - talks about potential nuclear civil war.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Interview held with Soviet affairs consultant Princeton University professor Stephen Cohen. [COHEN - talks about whether the USSR is over, reaction of Soviet military and central Asian republics, Gorbachev's role.]

Martin, David;
Mason, Anthony;
Rather, Dan

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