August 8, 1991 |
Abruptly dropping his diplomatic reserve, outgoing U.S. Ambassador Jack F. Matlock Jr. on Wednesday attacked Congress as the source of his greatest frustrations while in Moscow, accusing lawmakers of ignoring the needs of his staff and even endangering their lives by failing to agree on how to replace the decrepit U.S. mission here.
August 1, 1991 |
The Senate, moving an embarrassing 6-year-old diplomatic fiasco a little closer to a conclusion, voted Wednesday to spend $130 million to demolish and begin reconstruction of the new U.S. Embassy in Moscow, which is riddled with bugging devices. The money to tear down the building, left unfinished after the Soviet listening devices were discovered, was included in a $22-billion appropriations bill for the departments of State, Justice and Commerce.
June 13, 1991 |
The World Bank, stepping up its assistance to the formerly communist republics of Eastern Europe, announced Wednesday that it has extended $680 million in loans to Poland and that it expects to offer an additional $1.5 billion to projects in the region in coming weeks. The loans are targeted at projects the bank believes are crucial to helping those nations make the difficult conversion from government-run to market economies.
April 20, 1991 |
The Soviet Union and South Korea agreed today to broad new economic cooperation and a joint multibillion-dollar natural gas development project in the Soviet Far East, state-run KBS television reported. The Soviet Union also reaffirmed its position that if North Korea refuses to sign the nuclear safeguard treaty it will suspend supplies of nuclear fuel, technology and other help to its longtime Communist ally, KBS said.
January 8, 1988 |
The late Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev received a rare accolade in the press Thursday, one day after his successor's name was all but wiped off the map. The praise for Khrushchev, who was general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party from 1953 to 1964, came in a commentary by a local newspaper, Moscow Pravda, applauding the decision to remove the name of Leonid I. Brezhnev from a neighborhood district in Moscow, a city in the Tatar Autonomous Republic and squares in Leningrad and Moscow.