MOSCOW — Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman Gennady Gerasimov today challenged President Reagan about a quote he attributed to Vladimir I. Lenin, the founder of the Soviet state, during a speech on Central America.
In his address to the American Newspaper Publishers' Assn. on Sunday, Reagan quoted Lenin as saying that the road to America lay through Mexico, Gerasimov said.
"I am ready to eat my hat if he can find that statement in any of these volumes," Gerasimov told reporters as he peered across the complete 55 volumes of Lenin's works on his table.
Defending his Central American policy, Reagan told the publishers his support for the Nicaraguan contra rebels helped to prevent expansion of Soviet influence in the region.