Mikhail Gorbachev Warns Russia and U.S. Must Avoid ‘Hot War’

Mikhail Gorbachev Warns Russia and U.S. Must Avoid ‘Hot War’
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Moscow (CNN) - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev may be remembered today as the man who presided over the collapse of an empire: The recent anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 saw major celebrations to mark the collapse of Communism in eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany.

Less well remembered was a meeting that followed just a few weeks later between Gorbachev and US President George H.W. Bush off the Mediterranean island of Malta, where the two leaders tried to come to grips with how quickly history had changed.

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