December 13, 1990
Imagine this situation: Secretary of State James Baker goes to Moscow, confers with Fidel Castro, restores full diplomatic relations with Cuba, works out an agreement on Angola, removes some of the last impediments to the START treaty and stops by to see Mikhail Gorbachev who revels in the two superpowers standing shoulder to shoulder in the Gulf crisis.Had this happened, which it did not, Mr. Baker's compatriots might wonder if he had moved Foggy Bottom to the banks of the Moskva River. But with appropriate variations, the above whirlwind pretty much describes how Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze ran Soviet diplomacy out of his hip pocket in Washington yesterday.
February 19, 1991
With its exquisitely timed peace plan to head off an allied ground assault against Iraq, the Soviet Union seeks to distance itself from the United States, play a major role in postwar Middle East affairs, refurbish its image among the Muslim masses and placate Communists unhappy with the Kremlin's rebuff to its old allies in Baghdad.The Bush administration may have mixed feelings about the Soviet intervention, coming at a time when weather conditions and force readiness are near optimum levels for launching a ground war. But if Mr. Hussein accepts the Soviet demand that he withdraw unconditionally from Kuwait, the savings in American lives would compensate a hundred times over for any losses in the diplomatic power game.
April 24, 1992
WASHINGTON -- A Moscow center offering useful work for former Soviet weapons scientists to prevent them from selling their skills abroad is on the way to starting in June, a key State Department official said yesterday.The $75 million International Science and Technology Center will serve as a sort of "dating service," matching scientists' knowledge with peaceful government and private-sector research projects.A high priority, said Robert Gallucci, the State Department official in charge of the project, will be research into nuclear-plant safety and management of nuclear waste.
May 3, 1993
MOSCOW -- Russian democrats charged yesterday that unrepentant Communists, allies in Parliament and leaders of the failed 1991 coup masterminded the violent May Day clashes between demonstrators and police that wounded more than 200."It was a planned action prepared well in advance," said Vasily N. Feklunin, an Information Ministry official who witnessed the two-hour melee in the Moscow square named for cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.Mr. Feklunin said a "mobile attack unit" of young men with homemade weapons rushed from the ranks of the mostly elderly Communist and nationalist marchers and hurled themselves at the police.
August 29, 1991
Dale Sprague has a grand plan to kick off the second 100 years of football at Western Maryland College: a game in Moscow."A college football team from the United States has never played in the Soviet Union, and we want to be the first," said Sprague, who's entering his sixth season as the Green Terrors' head coach. "We've got a proposed itinerary and some ideas to raise funds. If we can find the money, we're going."Sprague told The Carroll County Times of his plan last week, and in a team meeting Sunday got the overwhelming backing of his players.
May 5, 1993
A remarkable aspect of the Soviet Union's dissolution has been the generally bloodless and non-violent way in which the centralized government and the tightly controlled one-party system have been replaced by a fledgling democracy. Granted, there has been serious mayhem and bloodshed in Moldova, Armenia and Azerbaijan. But never before has a great empire become unglued as fast as in the former Soviet Union -- or as peacefully.This is worth noting because Russia, too, has its potential for violence.