ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 17, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Moscow, USSR ) USSR perception of international events and impact on Soviet foreign policy examined; films shown. November 5th remarks of Grigory Romanov on state of United States-USSR relations and defense minister Dmitri Ustinov's criticism of United States 2 days later recalled. Issues of arms control, USSR downing of Korean airliner and United States invasion of Grenada recalled. [USSR spokesperson Radomir BOGDANOV - comments on constant deterioration of United States-USSR relations; remarks transcribed on screen.] [Prof. Seweryn BIALER - feels danger of United States-USSR confrontation has increased with events of last few weeks.] [Institute of United States of America and Canada Studies in Moscow spokesperson Dr. Georgi ARBATOV - fears relations will worsen before they improve.] Approach of each nation in dealing with the other described. Leon Trotsky's loss of power struggle to Joseph Stalin discussed; pre-WW II films shown. Yuri Andropov's apparent approach to international relations cited; USSR foreign policy objectives in recent decades listed, discussed. Problems posed for USSR by United States system of government explained. [BIALER - notes frustrations for Soviets by constantly changing United States presidency.] USSR relations with John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter recalled. Cyrus Vance and Zbigniew Brzezinski mentioned, shown. Apparent USSR perception of President Reagan, as evidenced in Soviet film, described. [BOGDANOV - believes Reagan administration is out to destroy USSR ; equates it with racist hatred; remarks transcribed on screen.] United States thought exaggerating USSR successes. [BIALER - claims USSR is declining econ., politically.]
REPORTER: Bob Zelnick
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