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Geneva has been the host city for high-level meetings between the United States and Russia on several occasions. In November 1985, former US President Ronald Reagan met with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
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The meeting was an important step in the rapprochement of the two countries and is considered a turning point in the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States.
Just a day after taking office, Gorbachev resumed arms control talks that had broken down at the end of 1983. The United States had launched its Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), a missile defense system. in the space. Therefore, it came as a surprise when the US President and the Soviet Head of State agreed to a summit meeting in Geneva on November 19, 1985.
At the so-called Geneva Summit Conference, discussions focused on reducing nuclear weapons. The result of the exchange, which took place in private, included assurances for the first time from the United States and the USSR not to seek military domination.
In a joint statement, they declared “that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought”.
Reagan added to this: “Real trust has to be based on actions, not just words. This is the yardstick for the future.”