America agreed Gorbachev’s bid to ‘sound out’ SaddamBy Pavel Stroilov | 30 June 2011 | 6 Related pieces
If Saddam withdraws from Kuwait, he is finished
George Bush senior speaking to Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990
US president George Bush senior agreed to a Soviet attempt to “sound out” Saddam Hussein over a possible peace deal to stop war over Kuwait.
Mikhail Gorbachev, the then Soviet president, according to the secret transcript of his meeting with Bush at a summit in Helsinki in September 1990, cited the view of his chief foreign-policy adviser on the then Iraqi leader, saying: “Yevgeny Primakov, member of the presidential council, who has known Saddam personally for a long time says that Saddam Hussein is not schizophrenic, but a person we must take seriously.
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