March 20th, 2009
12:57 PM ET
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Biden meeting with Gorbachev

 Former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev will meet with Vice President Joe Biden Friday at the White House.
Former president of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev will meet with Vice President Joe Biden Friday at the White House.

(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden will meet with former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev Friday at the White House.

In a visit last week to London's Evening Standard, Gorbachev praised President Barack Obama, but issued strong criticism of the United States' foreign policy.

"One day it [the U.S.] will have to stop giving orders and stop trying to tell the whole world how it should act," said President Gorbachev. "And its military must try to act within this new order, so that when all the countries of the United Nation propose solutions together, their decisions will be brought to life."

The meeting between the vice president and former Soviet leader comes as Russia approaches of the 20th anniversary the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Gorbachev spoke at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington Thursday, participating in a discussion about the legal development of the Russian constitution.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Deborah

    We can only pray Joe doesn't say something that starts an International Event!

    March 20, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Axl in Iowa

    What a waste of taxpayers money.

    March 20, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Raymond

    Of course the Administration is meeting with Gorbachev... he openly heaps criticism on the US. That'll move an international diplomat to the front of the line:

    $1 Billion for Palenstine (Hamas controlled)
    "We love you" letter to Ahmadenijad
    Obama's very FIRST tv interview: Al Arabiya TV (google it!)
    Obama's very FIRST international call: Palestinian leaders (google it!)

    Obama such a wimp – he'll make Carter look like a warmonger!

    March 20, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If we don't change our policies that are no longer effective, the whole world is going to give us our walking papers.

    March 20, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  5. w.l. jones

    The only thing Reagan did were try to end Democracy Mr. Kennedy started and Mr. Johnson finish by beginning his run for the office of the president in Phildeliph, Mississippi.

    March 20, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. ck

    BIden??? He is worse than Hillary!

    Unless this is a tutorial on leading a Socialist nation, what is he doing over there??????

    March 20, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  7. no corporate politics

    @ Diane D T "...Can't the world start having a new and real dialogue ..."

    That would be nice. Obama is sure doing his share of dialogue generation. However the new missle strikes in Afghanistan under his command, and the Obama promised troop deployment and un-balanced support of Israel is not helping.

    The recent comments by Iran about "talk alone" is very telling. The world is more perceptive than our US media hype mentality.

    We have been lied to again.

    March 20, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Peter E

    As several of my European friends will testify, Gorbachev withdrew all Soviet troops from Eastern European countries at the end of the Cold War. The US did not. In fact, the US continues to expand its military presence into those countries to this day. Why are WE still fighting the Cold War? It's senseless and, if I may say so, far too expensive. We could put our resources to better use.

    March 20, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    History is Liberal...... just keep on with your revisonist theories. You would definitely feel more at home in Communist Russia.

    March 20, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Kevin in Ohio

    I am still an idiot

    March 20, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Jack from MI

    "Is he getting advice on how to run a Communist country or how to destroy a government?"

    How to feign transparency.

    March 20, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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