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Gromyko's Wife, Not Raisa, to Escort 1st Lady

May 25, 1988|From Reuters

MOSCOW — Planners for next week's U.S.-Soviet summit meeting disclosed Tuesday that Nancy Reagan's hostess on her trip to Leningrad will not be Raisa Gorbachev, wife of the Soviet Union's top leader, but rather Lidiya Gromyko, wife of Soviet President Andrei A. Gromyko.

Press aides to the U.S. First Lady said they do not know why Soviet authorities proposed Lidiya Gromyko and not Mrs. Gorbachev for the one-day Leningrad outing.

They rejected suggestions that Mrs. Gorbachev was snubbing the First Lady. Since the two women met at the first Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Geneva in 1985, there have been rumors that they do not get along.

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