Gorbachev agreed to help Reagan fight off an attack from space

April 25th, 2009 - 3:40 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Apr 25 (ANI): Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to help his then American counterpart Ronald Reagan in case the United States was attacked from outer space.

Gorbachoev was appearing on Tuesday’s Charlie Rose show on PBS along with George Shultz, Reagan’s Secretary of State during the Gorbachev era.

The show was taped back on March 26 at the Rainbow Room in New York for a luncheon of the American Jewish Historical Society. Quite a bit of the discussion centered on the first meeting between the two leaders in Geneva, which drew this science-fictional aside:

Gorbachev got a laugh when he said he wasn’t all that impressed with Reagan’s historic challenge to “tear down Berlin Wall”. But went on to say that he believed Reagan “was a great president.”

Shultz was talking about the Lake Geneva summit and mentioned the two leaders ducked out of a meeting to take a walk to a nearby cabin.

“I wasn’t there…,” Shultz said before Gorbachev cut him off.

“From the fireside house, President Reagan suddenly said to me, ‘What would you do if the United States were suddenly attacked by someone from outer space? Would you help us?’

“I said, ‘No doubt about it.’”

“He said, ‘We too.’”

“So that’s interesting,” Gorbachev said to much laughter.

He then said to Shultz, “I’m sorry for having interrupted you, but it was an interesting moment,” The Christian Science Monitor reported. (ANI)

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