THE MOSCOW SUMMIT : Gorbachev Reportedly Will Hold Press Conference During Summit

Associated Press

Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev will hold a news conference during his summit next week with President Reagan, a Soviet source said Friday.

It would be the first time that a general secretary of the Communist Party has submitted to such a session in the Soviet capital.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Gorbachev’s news conference will be held Wednesday, the same day that Reagan plans to answer questions from the media.


A Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed that no general secretary has held a general news conference in the Soviet capital but said he could not confirm the date that Gorbachev plans to face reporters.

Gorbachev has fielded a broad range of questions from reporters during his trips abroad, holding news conferences at the conclusion of his summits with Reagan in Geneva, Reykjavik, Iceland, and Washington.

Gorbachev also has given a handful of private interviews to foreign reporters since he became Soviet leader in March, 1985.