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Cold War: NSC note for McFarlane (Mrs Thatcher's impressions of Gorbachev) [declassified 2000]

Document type: Declassified documents
Document kind: Archive
Venue: White House
Source: Reagan Library: European & Sovet Directorate NSC (Thatcher Visit - Dec 84 [2] Box 90902)
Journalist: -
Editorial comments: Declassified 17 May 2000.
Importance ranking: Major
Word count: 213 words
Themes: Foreign policy (USA), Foreign policy (USSR & successor states), MT contacts with Ronald Reagan
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Declassified F97-013#29
By SMF, NARA, Date 5/17/00

National Security Council

December 24, 1984

SECRET

ACTION

MEMORANDUM FOR ROBERT C. McFARLANE
FROM: PETER R. SOMMER
SUBJECT: The President’s Meeting with Mrs. Thatcher: Gorbachev

During the private, tete a tete session, Charles Powell the British notetaker passed me the attached paper outlining Mrs. Thatcher’s impressions of Gorbachev and Soviet attitudes toward the Geneva talks (Tab A). [The two page (undated) British paper remains classified.] Mrs. Thatcher made a number of these points during the private talks, but the British paper is more specific and goes into greater detail than Mrs. Thatcher did with the President.

Powell enjoined with me not to give the British paper wide circulation within the USG. The British paper contains such interesting points as “Gorbachev made much of the difficulties the Soviet Union had faced in deciding to go to Geneva” and “he claimed that the Russians would be ready to come to Geneva with serious new proposals”.

RECOMMENDATION
That you review the British paper. [RCF did not annotate one way or the other.]

Attachment
Tab A Mrs. Thatcher’s Impressions

CC: Jack Matlock
Ron Lehman