Former US president George H.W

Late George H.W. Bush valued ‘constructive dialogue’ with Russia – Putin

Mr. Bush had been ailing for some time and in recent years used a wheelchair or motorized scooter.

Former US President George HW Bush has died at the age of 94, his son George W Bush has announced. He also battled Parkinson's disease and was hospitalized in the past year for a blood infection, low blood pressure and fatigue. The former commander-in-chief was treated for pneumonia and was temporarily placed on a ventilator in 2017.

The 41st American president was a foreign policy realist who navigated the turbulent but largely peaceful fall of the Soviet Union in 1989 and assembled an unprecedented coalition to defeat Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein two years later.

His wife Barbara Bush died on April 17. They were together for 73 years. He flew a total of 58 combat missions during World War II, including one where he was shot down by Japanese forces.

In his retirement years, Bush watched as one of his sons, George W. Bush, twice won the presidency, only the second time in USA history that a father and son both became the US leaders.

US President George W. Bush Russian President Vladimir Putin and former US President George H.W. Bush in 2007
US President George W. Bush Russian President Vladimir Putin and former US President George H.W. Bush in 2007

From former presidents to Bush's family, support poured in from across the world.

Instead of joining his father in banking upon graduation from Yale University, Bush headed to bleak west Texas to break into the rough-and-tumble oil business.

With Reagan barred by the U.S. Constitution from serving more than two terms, Bush plotted a presidential run for 1988, ultimately defeating the Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.

During his time in office, Bush oversaw major foreign-policy decisions that would have lasting effects on the global stage.

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