Of course, in Russia at that time you had just the beginning of Gorbachev, and glasnost and perestroika.
By helping show Gorbachev that he could safely release Eastern Europe, Reagan helped end the Cold War.
Gorbachev accused the Russian prime minister of “dragging the country into the past, when it is on fire with modernization.”
Sooner or later, a reformer like Gorbachev would have emerged.
The party hinted at a lack of patriotism when Gorbachev celebrated his 80th birthday in London.
When Ronald Reagan went to the Brandenburg Gate at the height of the Cold War he said: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
Somebody persuaded Reagan that Gorbachev was a new kind of leader and they should talk.
You look at what Gorbachev and Reagan achieved, and you emulate what they did.
By jettisoning the aggressive rhetoric and cutting U.S. nuclear stockpiles, Reagan helped Gorbachev win at home.
In fact I spoke by phone with President Gorbachev just today.