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Reagan's Evolving Views of Russians and their Relevance Today | Wilson Center - Dec. 1, 2008 |

After 18 meetings, just before his meeting with Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland, she once asked him "What do you want from the Russians, anyway?" Without hesitation Reagan answered firmly "I want to get rid of those atomic weapons, every one." This was the point at which Massie taught Reagan the famous Russian proverb "Doveryai no proveryai" that translates as "trust, but verify," a phrase that he subsequently used on numerous occasions.

In concluding her talk, Massie demonstrated Reagan's relevance today for U.S. policy toward Russia and gave some words of advice to current policymakers. First, Massie said, Reagan respected Gorbachev and treated him as an equal. Gorbachev appreciated this, and for the first time Reagan was able to create an atmosphere of trust between a U.S. president and a leader of the Soviet Union. Respect is of greatest importance to Russians today and can help to foster trust, if not always agreement. President Medvedev recently addressed this important issue, saying in his remarks at the Foreign Policy Association that "today there is no trust between the United States and Russia."

Kremlin confirms Reagan's ex-adviser Suzanne Massie granted Russian citizenship | Tass - Dec. 30, 2021 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Jan 26th, 2022 at 11:32:28 AM EST
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