December 19, 1991 |
The Bush Administration's call for an international conference on aiding the Commonwealth of Independent States--the supposed centerpiece of a more dynamic American approach to the crumbling Soviet Union--has failed to catch fire and could become a minor embarrassment, U.S. officials and foreign diplomats said Wednesday. Many of the allied governments that will be asked to attend have been polite but unenthusiastic. A few have been openly critical.
December 16, 1991 |
Soviet and American military transport planes left the United States on Sunday carrying emergency stores of medicine and other relief supplies to three Soviet republics, the State Department announced as Secretary of State James A. Baker III began meetings in Moscow with leaders of the Kremlin and the republics. Among his missions there is the coordination of American aid efforts. The first two U.S.
December 14, 1991 |
The United States, expressing concern that Soviet nuclear weapons could be sold to hostile forces overseas, has made "very, very concrete proposals" to four nuclear-armed Soviet republics on ways to block any unauthorized exports of weaponry or technology, a senior State Department official said Friday.
December 11, 1991 |
Amid fresh warnings from the U.S. ambassador to Moscow that food shortages have reached the crisis stage in the crumbling Soviet Union, American officials said Tuesday that the newly formed Slavic commonwealth might help speed the delivery of Western aid to the Soviets. "I think the food situation in certain areas is worse than you read," Ambassador Robert Strauss said. "In Moscow, the lines are getting longer for bread, and the bread costs more. There is an anger that I haven't seen before. . .
November 28, 1991 |
House Democrats, faced with a sharp division in their ranks, decided Wednesday to defer immediate action on a tax cut for middle-income Americans but prepared to vote on a series of tax bills early next year by scheduling extensive hearings in December. As Congress raced to go home for Thanksgiving, the House easily deflected a Republican tax-cut package endorsed at the eleventh hour by President Bush, voting, 248 to 144, along party lines not to allow a vote on the plan.
November 27, 1991 |
House and Senate negotiators approved a $500-million aid package to help reduce the Soviet nuclear arsenal and feed the Soviet republics this winter. The package, which trimmed $200 million from a measure passed by the Senate, was included in a supplemental appropriations bill that lawmakers were rushing to complete before Congress adjourns for the year.