ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 14, 1978
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(Studio) Ethiopia-Somalia war and Cuban troops involvement on Ethiopian side mentioned. Reports of USSR pilots flying air defense missions around Cuba in order to free Cuban pilots for duty in Ethiopia noted.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Secretary of State Vance's statements with regard to this situation, made on PBS broadcast, noted. Film shown. [VANCE - acknowledges that there are USSR air units in Cuba and few more than in past, but nothing that leads to belief they have anything offensive planned. Situation is being watched.] Washington, DC officials' admission that there's been some exchange of USSR and Cuba MiG flights in this manner and official concern with regard to changing pattern of Soviet reconnaissance flights cited. Changes in flights by Soviet Bear planes en route to Havana across Iceland and down United States eastern coast detailed. Other concerns with regard to intelligence operations by United States officials involving Soviet-Cuban communications stated.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel