Sunday 21 October 2018

Mikhail Gorbachev praises Barbara Bush for role in Cold War thaw

The former Soviet leader noted the relationship the former first lady built with his late wife Raisa.

President George H.W. Bush, left, chats with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, right, as Barbara Bush looks on (Herbert Kosnowski/AP)
President George H.W. Bush, left, chats with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, right, as Barbara Bush looks on (Herbert Kosnowski/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev has said Barbara Bush built trust and friendship as the US built closer relations with its Cold War adversary.

Mr Gorbachev, whose last years in office overlapped the Bush presidency, praised the former first lady as warm and astute.

Barbara did a lot to build trust and friendship between us Mikhail Gorbachev

In a statement of condolence to the Bush family, Mr Gorbachev said: “I am deeply saddened by the death of Barbara, and on this day I remember everything was connected with us, our numerous meetings.

“Barbara did a lot to build trust and friendship between us.

“She immediately developed a warm relationship with Raisa, they communicated easily and at ease.”

Mrs Bush, the wife of former US president George H.W. Bush, has died at 92.

Raisa Gorbacheva died in 1999.

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