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Russia / Primakov Firing #629646

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 12, 1999
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Moscow: Dana Lewis) The firing of Russian Prime minister Yevgeny Primakov by Russian President Boris Yeltsin reported; details given of threats to pull Russia out of the Kosovo peace process reported. [Carnegie Institute Alan ROUSSO - says Yeltsin put his personal interests first.] [Kremlin spokesperson Dmitri YAKUSHKIN - says Yeltsin was irritated by the impeachment process.] [Carnegie Institute Michael McFAUL - says Yeltsin may be remembered as the one who destroyed democracy in Russia.]

(State Department: Andrea Mitchell) Concerns about Yeltsin's poor health and unusual behavior examined. [Nixon Center Dimitri SIMES - says that Yeltsin sometimes appears to be a "walking zombie."] [Deputy Secretary of State Strobe TALBOTT - says Russia is prepared to offer diplomatic assistance.] [Wilson Center Lee HAMILTON - says Russia is a political and economic mess.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Lewis, Dana;
Mitchell, Andrea

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