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USSR / The Union and The Commonwealth #578889

NBC Evening News for Friday, Dec 13, 1991
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Update given on the prospects for President Mikhail Gorbachev and the Soviet union as more republics desert it reported; scenes shown of crowds in line for food in Moscow; map shown of the growing commonwealth.

(White House: John Cochran) Impact of the breakup of the union on the Soviet military machine featured; details given of the nuclear worry from Soviet submarines sold to Iran and of Iraq's bids for Soviet nuclear know-how. [President BUSH - talks about the USSR .] [Secretary of State James BAKER - talks about the scope of Bush's telephone conversation with Russian President Boris Yeltsin and the issue of control of nuclear weaponry.] Baker's plans to visit the republics noted. Statement from US ambassador Robert Strauss that KGB chairman Vadim Bakatin gave him plans that Soviet agents used to bug the United States embassy in Moscow noted. [STRAUSS - comments.] Gorbachev's telephone call to Bush mentioned.

Brokaw, Tom;
Cochran, John

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