Are there really any “…world leaders who have no other diplomatic channel to speak to one another…” besides Twitter?

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At about 03:58 in NBC News' New Wave Of Resignations Hit Twitter After Musk's Ultimatum For Employees, NBC technology correspondent Jake Ward says the following about current events in Twitter and their impact:

What we're also seeing however is a big shift from what was really an article of faith when working at Twitter. You were there as part of a piece of important civic infrastructure. You were trying to keep people together.

We're talking about the instrument with which world leaders who have no other diplomatic channel to speak to one another get the word out to one another across Twitter.

It is an extraordinary channel in terms of what it does, and it is largely unique in this landscape at this moment.

Question: Is this a bit of journalistic license, or are there really "...world leaders who have no other diplomatic channel to speak to one another..." and their only options to signal to each other is by "...get(ting) the word out to one another across Twitter"?

Are there at least notable specific cases of countries without diplomatic relations where they have telegraphed positions, postures or information to one another via tweets?

I'm going to suggest we stay with Ward's use of present tense when discussing the use of Twitter now (or in the future) and avoid some previous, notable deviations from international norms.

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