The Unites States is standing by its claim that Soviet combat troops are in Cuba and says Moscow's denial is not helping to resolve the problem.
CU: CIA's Stansfield Turner speaking to newsmen with Secretary of State Cyrus Vance standing next to him.
GV: Soviet Ambassador leaving his Embassy and enters car.
GV: State Department building with Ambassador car entering underground car park.
CU: Hodding Carter III, state department spokesman speaking.
TURNER: "We're here to try to keep the Senate as well informed as possible on all the information we have about the Soviet brigade in Cuba. It is, of course, something we cannot discuss in a public way, because the information is very, very sensitive. But we are going to share everything we have with the Senators this morning."
REPORTER: "Was there an intelligence failure in the situation?"
TURNER: "Absolutely not. We have had a fine intelligence performance here. I am proud of what we have done. This is something like putting together a ??? puzzle, when you have ten percent of the pieces, and you have to find out what it's all about. To tell you more about that than that is beyond what i can say in public. Thank you."
VALERIANI: "As Soviet Ambassador Dobrynin left his Embassy to go to the State Department to meet with Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, there was no word on whether he was carrying the same message contained in the PRAVDA editorial. As usual Dobrynin evaded waiting newsmen as his limousine went directly into the State Department garage. Department officials allowed no pictures of his nearly two-hour meeting with Vance, apparently in an effort to avoid the appearance of confrontation. Nor did they provide any details of the conversation. Earlier however, spokesman Hodding Carter emphasised the United States does regard the Soviet forces in Cuba as a combat unit, as he explained why Dobrynin was summoned."
HODDING CARTER: "It is to explore fully this entire subject. We do not expect it to be the last meeting, to make certain that it is well understood that we view this matter seriously, and to repeat what the President and Secretary have said, that we do not find the status quo, that is to say the presence of Soviet combat troops and the like, acceptable."
REPORTER: RICHARD VALERIANI
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Background: The Unites States is standing by its claim that Soviet combat troops are in Cuba and says Moscow's denial is not helping to resolve the problem. Moscow says the claim is totally groundless. The Soviet newspaper PRAVDA said that for seventeen years, since the Cuban Missile Crisis, there has been a training centre only, with Soviet troops teaching the Cuban forces how to use Russian weaponry. CIA director Stansfield Turner accompanied by Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, spoke to newsmen before briefing the Senate Armed service's committee.