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Presidents of Russia, Argentina launch RT channel Spanish programming in Argentina

October 10, 2014, 3:41 UTC+3 NOVO-OGARYOVO

The two presidents communicated with each other by way of a televised linkup

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NOVO-OGARYOVO, Moscow region, October 10. /TASS/. Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Cristina de Kirchner of Argentina on Thursday launched the Spanish-language programming of the Moscow-based RT satellite channel in Argentina.

The two Presidents communicated with each other by way of a televised linkup. Kirchner was in Argentina and Putin, who had just returned from a working trip to Siberia, addressed the audiences from countryside residence to the west of Moscow.

RT has become the first foreign channel to do round-the-clock broadcasting in Argentina as part of a program for development of digital TV broadcasting (Television Digital Abierta, or TDA).

Round-the-clock broadcasting in Argentina became possible as result of signing of an agreement on cooperation in the field of mass communications upon the end of Russian-Argentine summit talks in July 2014.

RT will be available in an expanded format of round-the-clock broadcasting to more than 80% of Argentine population.

RT’s Spanish version went on the air in December 2009. It became the first Russian channel broadcasting to the Spanish-speaking audiences worldwide. The event was market by nomination for the prestigious British prize Broadcast Digital Awards 2010.

“We can communicate with our peoples without intermediaries and transmit our own values and we’re really glad to include RT in the menus of Argentine digital television offers,” Cristina de Kirchner said.

She agreed with Putin in that access to information should be free of any intermediaries, since first-hand news is a must in the current highly complicated situation.

The new channel will help consolidated fraternal ties between the Argentine Republic and Russia , Kirchner said, adding that RT in Spanish would make it possible to familiarize the Argentine audiences with all aspects of life in Russia.

In return, all the Russians will be able to learn genuine information about Argentina and not the image the some international news media are seeking to paint, the Argentine President said.

She said that she shared Russia’s position, under which all the crises should be settled peacefully through diplomacy with respect for other countries’ sovereignty.

“We’re united not only by 130 years of diplomatic relations but by the identity of many interests,” Putin said on his part. He called Argentina an example for many other countries in what concerns struggle for its rights.

“We’ll be supporting you and will continue developing our relations further, doing everything in our power to improve the life of the Russians and Argentines,” Putin said.

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