But first—and this was key—it was possible to resolve issues gradually. And second, Reagan was a conservative person, but he was ultimately well-meaning. The same goes for Gorbachev, though he had a very different sense of humor. With Reagan, it was mainly prepared things, like anecdotes, jokes, and sayings. All the same, their personalities shared a sense of goodwill. There were issues that were never resolved throughout the whole period of relations between Gorbachev and Reagan.
This irritated Gorbachev.
I even saw how he sometimes literally had to fight with himself about this. You could at least do this and consent to the deployment of the missile-defense systems. It was hardly a picnic, of course. Generally speaking, it was under Gorbachev and Bush that we managed the actual process of reducing nuclear weapons and dramatically slowing down the missile-defense system.
The Americans abandoned a lot of the aspects of this program: kinetic weapons in orbit, laser space stations. Reagan had believed in those things. Few people believed in them, but he did. Everyone wants to look like a peacemaker. This put them in a difficult position.
This, I think, was really a difficult moment for Reagan. Kissinger was against it.
Thatcher was against it. Everyone said it was unthinkable to remove all American missiles. They said the U. But we felt, based on certain technical details, that the Americans were afraid of looking like the instigators. And then they began to make concessions.
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At some point, we managed to negotiate the elimination of missiles in the West German arsenal that had the range to reach the USSR. The original U. Negotiate with the West Germans. He made this announcement under U.
This was in August Then it became clear to me that the agreement [eliminating intermediate- and shorter-range missiles] would be signed. Nevertheless, negotiations about the technical issues of the document continued until the very end. The delegation in Geneva was literally working until four in the morning.
Gorbachev and the German Question: Soviet-West German Relations, 1985-1990
It was literally at that pace. Reagan, tear down this wall. And he kept his word—he really did. State Department.
Gorbachev said: If we allow democracy in our country, and if we give our people the right to vote in real elections, then how can we deny the same opportunities to our allies? In the process, Gorbachev and his supporters drew on the work of international relations scholars dating back to the s. The period was the last in a series of dramatic chapters in Soviet-West German relations. One of the first foreign policy acts of the. An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page.
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