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Israel, Soviet Union Establish Direct Telephone Link

October 19, 1988

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Israel and the Soviet Union have established a direct telephone link for the first time in 21 years, the Communications Ministry announced Tuesday.

Israelis now can place direct calls to residents of six Soviet towns, including Moscow, Leningrad and Kiev, ministry spokesman Avi Hefetz said.

The line is maintained by Israel’s government-run Bezek communications company and by the British Telecom company, he said.

Moscow cut diplomatic ties with Israel after the 1967 Mideast war. However, relations between the two countries grew warmer over the last two years.

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