In October, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama have used the hotline between Moscow and Washington — the so-called “red telephone” to warn Russia about serious consequences of intervention in the US presidential election. About it reports NBC News citing a senior U.S. official.
According to the interlocutor of the channel, thus the U.S. government decided to emphasize the significance of the warning given by Obama earlier in September, during the G-20 summit in China. However, this time the American President has used the words “armed conflict”, the source said.
“International law, including the laws of armed conflict, applies to actions in cyberspace. We will assess Russia’s actions on the basis of these standards”, — stated in the message sent by Obama on October 31.
The fact that the use of Obama’s “red phone” (red phone) was confirmed by the representative of the White house. Answering the question worked whether these measures, he said, “Look at the results. On election day, nothing happened, then it worked”.
As noted by NBC, the so-called “red telephone” is a system for emergency communication that is used in moments of crises such as the September 11 attacks or the US invasion of Iraq. This system never was a telephone line in a literal sense, and in its current form it is designed for sending e-mail. NBC also stressed that the Obama administration never used this type of communication.