Secure communication link to be set up between Russian, Israeli leaders

A direct secure communication link will be set up between the offices of the Russian president and the Israeli prime minister so that they could promptly and confidentially discuss any issues of importance.

A direct secure communication link will be set up between the offices of the Russian president and the Israeli prime minister so that they could promptly and confidentially discuss any issues of importance.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a directive earlier this week to instruct the Federal Guard Service to conduct negotiations with Israel on signing a memorandum on the arrangement of a direct secure communication system between the president of Russia and the prime minister of Israel.

"Such communication links have been set up with a lot of foreign states. This is precisely a confidential communication system through which any documents can be shared as well," Federal Guard Service spokesman Sergei Devyatov told Interfax.

"A secure communication link appeared for the first time between the Kremlin and the White House immediately following the Caribbean Crisis [the Cuban Missile Crisis] in 1962," Devyatov said.

"It helps quickly, efficiently, and confidentially solve issues arising between the heads of state and government," he said.

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