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18 April 2018

Mikhail Gorbachev expressed condolences to George Bush and his family on the death of Barbara Bush

Visiting George and Barbara Bush. USA. November, 2012

To George Bush and all members of the Bush family

Dear George,
I am deeply saddened by Barbara’s death. On this day, I recall all that brought us together and our many meetings. Barbara did a lot for trust and friendship between us. From the very beginning, she and Raisa developed a warm relationship and they were at ease with each other. One could discuss all kinds of things with her, and we could see on many occasions that she had her own opinion and spoke her mind on important issues.
Barbara well understood the importance of what our countries were doing to overcome the heavy legacy of the cold war, and she believed that the world can be better. We were impressed by her regard for people and her commitment, in deeds and not just in words, to the universal values of peace, kindness and family.
I convey to you, George, and all yours my deep condolences. Irina and all members of my family join me in these words of sympathy.
With warm regards and friendship,
Mikhail Gorbachev

Moscow, April 18th, 2018.