ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 21, 1984
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(Studio) Death of Dmitri Ustinov following heart surgery reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Moscow, USSR ) Mikhail Gorbachev shown announcing Ustinov death while in Scotland. [GORBACHEV - makes announcement.] Gorbachev said returning to Moscow in event of power struggle. Evidences of death among officialdom of USSR , before announcement made, noted. Career of defense minister Ustinov recapped. Scenes of early USSR space flights shown; also other retrospective scenes during Ustinov's career. Grigory Romanov mentioned as possible successor. Dwindling old guard noted.
REPORTER: Walter Rodgers
(DC) November 1983 scenes shown. Ustinov said major force behind USSR walkout on arms talks. September 28, 1984, scenes at White House of President Reagan and Andrei Gromyko shown. [Soviet expert Arnold HORELICK - notes Gromyko-Reagan meeting occurred while Ustinov was ill.] Others said discounting this. [Soviet expert Duke Univ. Jerry HOUGH - says Ustinov was interested in cosmetic arms control.] [Edward "For. Affairs" William HYLAND - thinks Ustinov death will make no major difference in United States-USSR military relations.] Dwindling of old guard in Politburo thought possibly significant.
REPORTER: John McWethy
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