Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev will meet with President Reagan and President-elect George Bush next month for what Reagan called "a brief get-together."
"That's not going to be anything in the nature of a summit meeting," the president said.Asked if Gorbachev might bring new proposals to the meeting, the president said:
"I have no way of speculating. We'll just have to see what comes up."
Reagan commented as he posed for photographers before a meeting with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in the Oval Office.
"We hope we can have a brief get-together," the president said of the upcoming meeting, his fifth with Gorbachev.
Spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said that neither a date nor a site has been set, although he acknowledged that it would likely take place in New York while Gorbachev is there to address the U.N. General Assembly.
Other officials, requesting anonymity, said Gorbachev would probably meet with Reagan and Bush on Dec. 7.
Fitzwater said Reagan and Bush would meet, probably together, with Gorbachev, for what Fitzwater said was intended to be "a cordial meeting between superpower leaders reflecting the friendship they have created and the historic change in the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union," he said.
In Moscow, Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman Gennady Gerasimov said Gorbachev would meet with the U.S. leaders as part of "a continuation of the U.S.-Soviet political dialogue that we believe should continue without artificial pause."
Fitzwater said the main purpose of the meeting from the U.S. standpoint would be to "ensure that the momentum and continuity of the arms control talks are extended and it will reaffirm the relationship between the general secretary and the new president of the United States."
"I would not look to it as a meeting that would be settling things (differences)," Fitzwater said.