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Kremlin Channel Starts Broadcasting To Georgia

The Kremlin-backed RT television channel has announced that it will start round-the-clock broadcasting to Georgia.

RT Editor in Chief Margarita Simonian said that the Silknet cable operator will be distributing the television channel's programs in Georgia.

Established in 2005, RT broadcasts from studios in Moscow and the U.S. capital, Washington D.C., in English, Spanish, and Arabic.

Russian-Georgian relations have been tense after the two countries fought a short war in August 2008 over Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia.

Shortly after the conflict, Moscow recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Georgia's other breakaway region of Abkhazia.

Tbilisi subsequently broke diplomatic ties with Moscow.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS

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