**This is a transcript of the Hotline message transmitted by Moscow and received in the National Military Command Center at 1555 Hours Zulu (1155 Local Time) 27 July, 1987**
I will begin this message by reminding you the Soviet Union never wanted this war. It was the reluctance of you and other Western leaders to reach a satisfactory compromise with my government on issues of mutual importance that provided the spark for it. Now, our two countries, as well as our respective allies, are engaged in a global conflict. I remain open to holding a sincere dialogue with you on the matter of terminating hostilities. Unfortunately, this cannot happen until the two of us desire it, and your actions over the past week have made it clear the United States is not interested in any outcome other than the unconditional surrender of my country.
I will not allow that to occur under any circumstances. As this letter reaches you, American aircraft carriers are situated perilously close to our territorial waters in the Barents Sea. Your ballistic missile submarines have left port and are moving to their firing positions. In Europe, external interference has brought on domestic unrest among our allies in Eastern Europe. Most ominously, it has come to my attention that your armies in West Germany are preparing for a counteroffensive designed to reach as far as the eastern boundaries of Poland.
This will not be permitted. The Soviet Union is resolved to keep this conflict as far away from its borders as possible. I recognize the interior border between our respective German satellite states as the de facto border between east and west. Any future incursion of that line by NATO land forces will bring about an immediate nuclear response against NATO units on the battlefield, as well as on NATO support bases deep in the rear.
My nation’s resolve is real. As the United States has demonstrated countless times, the only language it recognizes is that of brute force. Therefore, as a final warning to you, Mr. President, I have ordered a physical demonstration of the Soviet Union’s resolve and determination to defend its territory. Fifteen minutes from now, two intercontinental ballistic missiles will be launched from the Tatishchevo missile field. One is aimed at a civilian target in Western Europe and the other on a military target on the North American continent. The coordinates of the intended targets are attached below.
I understand the pressure you will be under from your military leaders following the detonation of our warheads. Therefore, I will accept a proportionate retaliatory response. Anything beyond that, however, will inevitably lead to rapid escalation and place the future of the entire planet in danger. I urge you to choose carefully Mr. President.
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