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Gorbachev Bridles at Baker’s Words of Doom

Reuters

Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev criticized Secretary of State James A. Baker III in an interview with Time magazine for being “overly hasty” in saying the Soviet Union had ceased to exist.

“Things are in flux here,” Gorbachev, interviewed Friday in the Kremlin, said in criticizing Baker for his Dec. 8 proclamation that the Soviet Union is dead. “While we’re still trying to figure things out, the U.S. seems to know everything already!”

Gorbachev, whose resignation has become increasingly anticipated as a newly declared commonwealth of Soviet republics gains strength, said he expects he will still be Soviet president Monday.


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