General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1985-91). Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (1988-89). Chairman of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (1989-90). President of the Soviet Union (1990-91).
Over 30 years ago, President Ronald Reagan and I signed in Washington the United States-Soviet Treaty on the elimination of intermediate- and shorter-range missiles. For the first time in history, two classes of nuclear weapons were to be eliminated and destroyed.
This was a first step. It was followed in 1991 by the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which the Soviet Union signed with President George H.W. Bush, our agreement on radical cuts in tactical nuclear arms, and the New Start (...)