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US-USSR Relations / Visa Denial #89080

ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 02, 1984
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(Studio) State Department's rationale for denying United States visa to USSR Olympic team advance man Oleg Yermishkin reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) State Department position outlined. [Department spokesperson John HUGHES - feels internal sec. of United States is threatened by Yermishkin.] Los Angeles region noted a long-standing target of USSR espionage due to its designation as high technology site; details given. Yermishkin's role as colonel in KGB discussed; photos shown. [Olympic organizing committee spokesperson Peter UEBERROTH - would have appreciated warning from State Department earlier of their objection to Yermishkin.] United States said informing Sovs. last December that Yermishkin was unacceptable; possible implications for summer games due to Moscow's public forcing of issue noted.
REPORTER: Barrie Dunsmore

(Studio) Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter

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