Arnold Schwarzenegger meets with Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow

on January 30, 2013

During a press tour for Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest action film The Last Stand, the former governor of California met with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss Russian-U.S. relations. According to Gorbachev, who spoke about the meeting afterward to the Interfax media, Schwarzenegger -- a former soldier in the Austrian military -- was eager to discuss how to further smooth over tensions between Russian and his adopted homeland, the United States. "It's unacceptable to leave them in their present state," said Gorbachev, adding, "I told him that although there has been a certain amount of progress, there are still a lot of problems waiting to be solved." The two men share a history, says the former Russian leader. "It was a meeting between old friends. We have long known each other and took part in many events together when Raisa [Gorbachev's late wife] was alive....And at the end of the meeting we had lunch. A really decent one. Although neither of us can drink at the moment." Earlier, Schwarzenegger held a press conference where he declared his enthusiasm for Russian bodybuilders and vowed to return for the Sochi Winter Olympics held on the Black Sea Coast in 2014. The Last Stand will be released in Russia on 2/21/13.

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