Telephone hot line between nations

Instituted on June 20, 1963, between the United States and the Soviet Union, a telephone hot line connected both countries. Although the hot line was never actually used between then and now, it was there to provide an emergency communications link between the two leaders.

      June 20th 1963
      United States
      Soviet Union

Additional Information:

  • Hotline – Wikipedia
    A hotline is a point-to-point communications link in which a call is automatically directed to the preselected destination without any additional action by the user when the end instrument goes off-hook.
  • Hotline Agreements | Arms Control Association
    A hotline is a quick communication link between heads of states, which is designed to reduce the danger of an accident, miscalculation or a surprise attack, and especially an incident that might trigger a nuclear war.
  • Bilateral Hotlines Worldwide
    In a previous article we discussed the Washington-Moscow Hotline, being the most famous bilateral hotline. It was soon followed by direct communication links between a number of other countries with nuclear capabilities.
  • Hot Line Agreement – US Department of State
    The need for ensuring quick and reliable communication directly between the heads of government of nuclear-weapons states first emerged in the context of efforts to reduce the danger that accident, miscalculation, or surprise attack might trigger a nuclear war.
  • Hotline established between Washington and Moscow – Aug 30, 1963 …
    On this day in 1963, John F. Kennedy becomes the first U.S. president to have a direct phone line to the Kremlin in Moscow. The “hotline” was designed to facilitate communication between the president and Soviet premier.

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