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USSR / Lithuania Independence / Gorbachev, Bush, Thatcher #574366

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 13, 1990
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Bob Abernethy) Threat from President Mikhail Gorbachev of economic pressures against Lithuania if it does not rescind its independence legislation featured. [Gorbachev spokesman Arkady MASLENNIKOV - says there won't be a blockade.] [British foreign secretary Douglas HURD - says Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze told him there would not be a blockade.] Warning to Lithuanians from President Vytautas Landsbergis that they should do nothing that would cause Gorbachev to take over their government noted. Gorbachev's position on holding Soviet union together reviewed.

(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Interview given with Landsbergis. [LANDSBERGIS - answers questions about Lithuanian independence, Soviet economic pressures; calls for dialogue in response to Lithuania's peaceful struggle and its resistance.] Report introduced.

(Bermuda: John Cochran) Response from President Bush and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who were meeting in Bermuda, to Gorbachev's letter to Lithuania reviewed; scenes shown from Hamilton, Bermuda. [BUSH - says we have been calling on Moscow to avoid escalatory measures.] [THATCHER - says she understands that essential supplies will not be cut off; hopes that good relations with USSR can continue.] [BUSH - says he does not want to get into hypothetical response.]

Abernethy, Bob;
Brokaw, Tom;
Cochran, John

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