Washington-Russia Hotline Solving Conflicts For 50 Years

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The Washington-Moscow hotline, a direct line of communication between the U.S. and Russian heads of state recently marked its 50th anniversary.

The iconic hotline, which is often depicted as red rotary telephone in movies and cartoons, has been used by leaders for confidential conversations in situations like the 1967 Six-Day War.

The line came to existence during the Cold War and after the Cuban Missile Crisis.

What was originally text-only communication is now capable of voice, text, data and soon even video.


  • Roald Sagdeev, a nuclear scientist and former science adviser to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

This segment aired on September 6, 2013.


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