US sought Soviet help for Middle East problemsBy Pavel Stroilov | 30 June 2011 | 6 Related pieces
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Mikhail Gorbachev speaking to George Bush senior in 1990
US president George Bush senior invited the Soviet Union to work with America to tackle tensions in the Middle East. This marked a reversal of US policy, Bush told his Soviet opposite number, Mikhail Gorbachev, during talks about a peace plan proposed to Saddam Hussein to avert the war with Iraq over Kuwait.
The disclosure is contained in the secret transcript of the meeting between Bush and Gorbachev at a summit in Helsinki in September 1990.
Bush is recorded as beginning the meeting by saying: “Now, to show you all my cards, I wish to say the following..."
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