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USSR / Lithuania Independence #574383

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Apr 14, 1990
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(Studio: Garrick Utley) Meeting of Pope John Paul II and Vadim Zagladin, President Mikhail Gorbachev's top domestic aide, noted. Report introduced.

(Moscow: Bob Abernethy) Threat from President Gorbachev to impose economic sanctions against Lithuania if it does not rescind its independence legislation featured; details given of response of Lithuanian President Vytautas Landsbergis to Gorbachev's ultimatum and of areas in which sanctions could effect Lithuanians. Hope that agreement signed between Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia could lead to a Baltic common market noted.

(Studio: Garrick Utley) Report introduced.

(Bermuda: John Cochran) Low-key response from President Bush to threat of sanctions reported; scenes shown of Bush playing golf in Bermuda. [After returning from USSR , Senators George MITCHELL, John GLENN - say Gorbachev's action was wrong.] [Lithuanian American community executive director Arvydas BARZDUKAS - hopes we can convince Soviets not to starve people.] Historical scenes shown of Berlin airlift following World War II. Possible impact of Gorbachev's actions in Lithuania on his relationship with Bush mentioned.

(Studio: Garrick Utley; Bermuda: John Cochran; Moscow: Bob Abernethy) Discussion held of positions of Bush, Gorbachev and Lithuanians on issues of independence and sanctions.

Abernethy, Bob;
Cochran, John;
Utley, Garrick

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