COMMONWEALTH INDEPENDENT STATES: 30/12
Leaders of the 11 former Soviet republics meet in Minsk, but fail to agree on the future of conventional forces. 11 Republics sign pact on nuclear arms control.
1/1 - Shoppers stock up with food on eve of lifting of state price controls.
2/1 - Shoppers despair on first day of free market as prices jump by 200-500%.
3/1 - Britain calls for UN summit on Soviet break-up aftermath.
4-5/1 - Former Commander of Soviet armed forces, Shaposhnikov, critices individual republics for forming separate armies, especially Ukraine which has called on its troops to swear an oath of allegiance.
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