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In Letter to Advisor Massey, Reagan Discussed Gorbachev and Chemistry at First Summit

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Former US President Ronald Reagan, in a letter to his adviser Suzanne Massey, said there was chemistry between him and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev during the Geneva summit. We shared what happened.

The original correspondence was provided to Sputnik by Massey’s representative in Russia, Balthazar Schaldenbrand.

In the letter, President Reagan said, “Thank you for your kind letter, good wishes and generous words. I was pleased to hear your thoughts on the summit and ‘Man on the Street’.”

“I don’t mean to be euphoric, but I still feel that we may be just getting started. There seems to have been some kind of chemistry between the General Secretary and myself. It was different from speaking. [former Soviet leader Andrei] Gromiko. “

The letter is dated February 10, 1986 and was first published on Thursday.

“By the way, in our private conversation, he called out God’s name twice and once quoted a Bible verse,” Reagan shared in the letter. “This is stuck in my head and remains a nagging question that will never go away. I hope nothing prevents the next meeting. I hope it’s June.”

The archive consists of 14 letters that Massey decided to publish. Another letter, dated June 10, 1988, was addressed to her by Reagan after his summit with Gorbachev in Moscow.

“I would like to once again thank you for coming to lunch at the White House on the eve of the Moscow summit last month. My session with you and other eminent Soviet scholars was We found it to be a definite asset in preparing our trip to Moscow, both for our one-on-one meetings with the general secretary and for the many other events included in our itinerary,” said Reagan. Told. “Thank you very much for taking the time on this and many other occasions to share your knowledge about the people and politics of the Soviet Union. Thank you again for your contribution. To do.”

From 1984 to 1988 Massey acted as an unofficial advisor to Reagan through a back route to the Soviet Union. During her tenure, Massey shared with Reagan her extensive knowledge of Russian culture and people, helped Reagan prepare for his meeting with Gorbachev, and contributed to ending the Cold War between the two countries. She famously taught Reagan the Russian proverb “trust but verify,” which he used repeatedly during negotiations for the missile treaty with Gorbachev.

Gorbachev died Tuesday in Moscow after a long and serious illness at the age of 91, according to the Central Clinical Hospital.



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