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USSR / The Commonwealth #578990

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Dec 21, 1991
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(Studio: Garrick Utley) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Jim Maceda) Signing by leaders of 11 former Soviet republics of an agreement setting up a new commonwealth to replace the Soviet union featured; scenes shown of ceremonies in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan; map shown of republics that joined. [Russian President Boris YELTSIN - (thru translator) says the commonwealth is not a state.] Plans for a united armed forces under temporary commander Yevgeny Shaposhnikov and demand from both Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk for joint control of nuclear weapons outlined. President Mikhail Gorbachev said now out of a job; various scenes shown from his political career. [MUSCOVITE - says Gorbachev ruined the country.] Need for Yeltsin to now find answers to the economic problems noted.

(Studio: Garrick Utley) Interview held with an adviser to the government of Russia about the economy. [Sergei AKSYONOV - says a market economy must be introduced soon; adds that structure for the military and nuclear weapons must be set up under Yeltsin's control.]

(Studio: Garrick Utley) Secretary of State James Baker shown returning home following a visit to five republics and a stopover in Brussels with the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) ministers to meet with President Bush to talk about diplomatic recognition of the commonwealth.

Maceda, Jim;
Utley, Garrick

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