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'Russia Today' Starts Spanish-language Programming In Argentina

State-run satellite channel "Russia Today," a major platform for getting the Kremlin's message to audiences abroad, has extended its reach with the inauguration of Spanish-language programming in Argentina.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner launched RT's Spanish-language programming in the South American nation with a televised linkup.

In an address to the people of Argentina, Putin said he hoped the channel would bring the two countries closer together.

He called RT a "solid and credible source of information about what is happening in Russia and the world."

Critics say RT often presents a skewed version of events that supports the Kremlin's viewpoint.

Hit by U.S. and European Union sanctions over its role in the Ukraine crisis, Russia has looked to Argentina and other countries as sources of food imports and geopolitical support.

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax