NBC Evening News for Friday, Dec 21, 1984
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(Studio) Death of USSR defense minister Dmitri Ustinov reported Handling of Ustinov's death notice mentioned.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Moscow, USSR ) Ustinov's last appearance noted to have been in September, presenting award to USSR leader Konstantin Chernenko; films shown. Manner of announcing his death described as unusual with Soviet Politburo member Mikhail Gorbachev making announcement outside USSR , in Edinburgh, Scotland, before it was made in USSR . Background on Ustinov given; films shown. Ustinov's relationships with Leonid Brezhnev and Yuri Andropov mentioned.
REPORTER: Steve Mallory
(Studio) Videotaped studio interview with former National Security Council staffer William Hyland, who now edits "Foreign Affairs" magazine, shown. [HYLAND - comments on outlook for effect of Ustinov's death on Politboro, include possible effects if Grigory Romanov is apptd. to succeed Ustinov. Notes indications from Gorbachev's announcement with regard to death while outside USSR .] Anchor asks about effect of this on arms talks between United States Secretary of State George Shultz and USSR foreign min. Andrei Gromyko in Geneva, Switzerland, in January [HYLAND - comments.]
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
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