President Barack Obama suggested to visiting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that it might be time to toss out the red phone from Cold War days and open new lines of communication between the United States and Russia — Twitter.

(Although Obama may want to get the terminology down first, it’s Twitter not Twitters). USA-RUSSIA/

Obama cracked the joke at a news conference at the White House with Medvedev, who earlier this week visited technology firms in California and stopped at Twitter offices where he sent his first tweet.

“I appreciated very much the opportunity to hear President Medvedev’s vision for modernization in Russia, especially high-tech innovation as a personal passion of the president,” Obama said.

“And during his visit to Silicon Valley this week, he visited the headquarter of Twitters, where he opened his own account.  I have one, as well, so we may be able to finally throw away those red phones that have been sitting around for so long,” Obama said.