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Russian satellite news channel launches Arabic service
05.04.07, 7:04 AM ET



MOSCOW (Thomson Financial) - Russian 24-hour news channel Russia Today said it has launched an Arabic service that will focus on Russia's relations with the Middle East.

The new service, called Rusiya al-Yaum, began broadcasting at 0300 GMT and has around 500 staff, including some 100 journalists from Arabic-speaking countries, the statement said.

'We're going to inform our audience ... about what's life in Russia like, about all the main events happening in Russia,' Yevgeny Sidorov, editor-in-chief at Russia Today, was quoted as saying.

'We hope all this will allow our audience to learn more about our country and to present Russia's position on many important issues to Arabic viewers all over the world,' Sidorov said.

The executive estimated the potential audience at 300-350 mln people.

Russia, which is a member of the Middle East diplomatic quartet, has revived Cold War-era ties and stepped up its diplomatic and economic role in the Middle East under President Vladimir Putin.

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