||The NRRC and its Soviet counterpart were formally established at a signing ceremony in
Washington, DC on September 15, 1987. While not replacing normal diplomatic channels or the famous "Hotline"
available in times of crisis, the NRRC has become part of an increasingly complex system of confidence- and
security-building measures (CSBMs) designed to reduce the risk of war and to promote arms control and stability
in the current post Cold War climate.|