Russia Ready to Dismantle GPS Stations if Glonass Talks Fail - Rogozin
26 May 2014, 18:07 -- Russia stands firm on its decision to dismantle GPS ground stations on its territory if Washington refuses to allow the placement of Glonass facilities in the US, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Monday. 'If we don't receive any news [from the US] by May 31, we will suspend the work of these stations for three months,' Rogozin told reporters during his visit to Crimea, which has recently become part of Russia.
'Three months are given for talks, and if there is no progress, we will dismantle these stations after August 31. Rogozin announced two weeks ago that Russia intends to suspend the work of 11 ground-based facilities of the US Global Positioning System (GPS) throughout its territory starting from June 1 and shut them down beginning September 1.
The move came as a response to the US refusal to set up a signal correction station for Russia's Global Navigation Satellite System Glonass on US territory. The Glonass network, which began operation in 1993 and is considered Russia's answer to US GPS, provides real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects.
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