Gorbachev meets with Schwarzenegger in Moscow

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev met with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Gorbachev Foundation office in Moscow.

"He and I had a talk yesterday. This was a meeting of old friends. It's true that we've known each other for a long time and took part together, when [Mikhail Gorbachev's wife Raisa Gorbachev] was alive, in very different events, both political and cultural ones," Gorbachev told Interfax on Friday.

"In the first part of the meeting, we talked with him one-on-one," Gorbachev said.

"The conversation was more about what he is doing, particularly about his last film, and he was asking me about my health," he said.

"I asked him: well, are you preparing to run for president? To which he laughed and noted that he was born in Germany [in fact, Schwarzenegger was born in Austria]. But Arnold is not stopping his political activities anyway," he said.

Schwarzenegger was also keen on hearing about the situation in Russia, Gorbachev said.

"I told him that, although there is some progress, there are still a lot of problems waiting to be resolved," he said.

"We should think about how to return our relations with the U.S. to what they were after the Cold War. Leaving them in the current condition is unacceptable," he said.

"Then we talked about the work of our foundations - Schwarzenegger leads one in the U.S. - and we agreed to exchange delegations. And we had lunch in conclusion. Quite a good one. Although neither he nor I can drink now," he said.

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