At the US end, messages are sent and received not from the Oval Office but a room in the Pentagon. Photo: Shutterstock
At the US end, messages are sent and received not from the Oval Office but a room in the Pentagon. Photo: Shutterstock

‘Red phone’ line remains crucial in US-Russia stand-off

  • US official confirms frequent communications at ‘senior levels’ through Washington-Moscow hotline
  • Concept of emergency hotline took off in 1963 as a result of the Cuban Missile Crisis the previous year

At the US end, messages are sent and received not from the Oval Office but a room in the Pentagon. Photo: Shutterstock
At the US end, messages are sent and received not from the Oval Office but a room in the Pentagon. Photo: Shutterstock
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