Who made this famous quotation, "Trust but verify"?

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  • JOHN B
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    President Ronald Reagan was using an old Russian proverb, in speaking to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev about an arms control treaty . Although it was a very old adage, Reagan quoted the phrase in Russian to Gorbachev, to underline his meaning. In spoken Russian, the phrase rhymes. Here are some details:

    President Reagan’s favorite Russian saying regarding arms-control agreements — doveryai, no proveryai, “trust, but verify.”

    in Geneva, Reykjavik, Washington and Moscow when Reagan and Gorbachev held their series of summit meetings between 1985 and 1988. Reagan had come to realize that the evil empire might be a negotiating partner. The path was rocky, but the two managed to reduce the nuclear arsenals that were both the threat and the stabilizing factor of the Cold War.

    “Doveryai, no proveryai,” became Reagan’s watchwords for the relationship with the Soviet leader. Trust, but verify. Possibly the only Russian words Reagan had rehearsed.

    “You always say that,” Gorbachev noted laughingly at the White House arms treaty signing in 1987.

    “I like the sound of it,” Reagan replied.

    Source(s): various news stories and anecdotes.
    • jymdyer5 years agoReport

      Reagan's speechwriters got it from Nikita Khrushchev.

  • pallet
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Trust But Verify

  • 1 decade ago

    Ronald Reagan

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Ronald Reagan

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  • 1 decade ago

    Jeff Lietz

  • 5 years ago

    Trust but verify came from accounting 200 years ago. Trust the totals but verity the math.

  • AK
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    President Reagan speaking of Russia.

  • 4 years ago

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    Good ol George Washington

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I have heard Daffy duck say it a lot

  • 1 decade ago

    ronald reagan, regarding the soviet union and their nuclear

    arms

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