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Brezhnev / United States Criticism #492741

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 21, 1977
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(Studio) USSR Communist leader Leonid Brezhnev says progress in US-USSR relations unthinkable as long as Carter administration criticizes Sovs. with regard to human rights. Brezhnev speaks to conference at Kremlin. Other details of remarks noted. (Film shown.)
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) USSR ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin has unpublicized meeting with Secretary of State Vance, presumably to discuss Brezhnev speech and Vance itinerary during visit to Moscow. Later, Vance says he hopes Brezhnev's remarks won't inhibit talks in Moscow. [VANCE - says nothing more important than nuclear arms reduction.] Analysts at State Department say Vance too optimistic.
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

(Studio) Anchor asks reporter if there are 2 views at Department
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Cites different views of pols. at State Department and analysts re: seriousness of criticism from Brezhnev and detente breakdown between United States and USSR ; some say Sovs. may develop detente between selves and Germans and French and wait for another United States administration
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

Chancellor, John;
Valeriani, Richard

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