Article from The Hill by Jordain Carney.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) met on Tuesday with former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev as part of his weeklong trip to Russia.

Paul praised Gorbachev after the meeting, saying he understood the “critical necessity of engagement” between the United States and Russia.

“President Gorbachev was instrumental in bringing down the Iron Curtain and restoring ties with the West. … Our conversation further encouraged me that open dialogue between our two nations does not have to be a thing of the past,” Paul said in a statement.

He added that while he discussed “various items” with Gorbachev, who was the final leader of the Soviet Union, the “importance of nuclear disarmament was greatly discussed.”

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Image Credit: By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America (Rand Paul) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons