At the meeting with Russian Defence Minister Sergey Ivanov who has arrived in Washington with a working visit US President George Bush confirmed his support for development of US-Russian relations, a representative of the US administration made this statement after the official meeting in the White House.
According to him, George Bush and the Russian Minister "discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest including Russian-American cooperation in combating international terrorism".
The official spokesman of the US Administration stressed that the meeting between George Bush and Sergey Ivanov had been "very warm and positive".
Gorbachev was not isolated from the world during the days of the State Emergency Committee. Gorbachev could be contacted via secret communication channels, and he was perfectly aware of what was going on
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