Gorbachev to Speak at UN

Gorbachev to speak at UN for first time in 17 years:

Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev will speak at the UN during his trip to the U.S. and Canada on April 9-22.

“Mikhail Sergeyevich [Gorbachev]’s first speech at the UN on April 20 will deal with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and the next day he will speak at a session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development – the UN’s main environmental body,” Gorbachev’s aide Pavel Palazchenko told Interfax.

“This will be Gorbachev’s first speech at the UN since 1988,” Palazchenko said.

In addition, Gorbachev will speak at a conference organized by the Massachusetts Software Council in Boston, which will deal with U.S.- Russian cooperation in related fields.

“The purpose of Gorbachev’s address is to intensify this cooperation, to facilitate the building of strategic alliances between Russian and American companies, and to engage the Russian community in the U.S., including mathematicians, programmers, and IT experts, in this process,” Palazchenko said.

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