New York Daily News: The red phone is ringing: U.S.-Russia hotline turns 51 as relations grow cold between superpowers

It was Aug. 30, 1963.

Relations between the U.S. and Russia were tense, interchanges were slow and the slightest miscommunication between the two superpowers could have led to World War III.

President John F. Kennedy sat in the Oval Office when a “hotline” was established to between him and Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev.

Often depicted in movies as a fiery red telephone, the hotline was actually a teletypewriter, which sent written messages between the White House and the Kremlin. It was only later upgraded as a telephone, email and video-enabled.

But even though that line of communication is more advanced than ever, as tensions between President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin thicken foreign policy experts question whether we’re entering a second Cold War.

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