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Is Raisa Gorbachev Coming to U.S.? First Lady Wonders

November 03, 1987|Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Nancy Reagan, who once voiced the hope she could tour a Safeway supermarket with Raisa Gorbachev, has not yet gotten word whether the Soviet first lady intends to accompany her husband, Mikhail, to Washington next month.

"We haven't heard one way or another," Elaine Crispen, Nancy Reagan's press secretary, said.

The two women met during their husbands' first summit in Geneva in 1985, when they had reciprocal teas and evening events.

Raisa Gorbachev accompanied her husband to the second summit in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1986, but Nancy Reagan did not, saying it was her understanding that the Iceland summit was to be a working trip without social functions.

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