US refusal to set up GLONASS infrastructure in country is politically motivated – Russian deputy PM

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The United States does not allow Russia to unfold the GLONASS global navigation system ground-based infrastructure in the country for now, despite the fact that 11 calibrating signal receivers of the US navigation system GPS operate in Russia, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said at the 8th international navigation forum on Wednesday.

“In the recent months we witnessed politically motivated restrictions imposed by the US,” Rogozin said.

“Ensuring defense and security is the key direction of using the GLONASS system,” he said.

“In accordance with the Russian-U.S. agreements of the mid-1990s, 11 calibrating signal receivers of the US navigation system GPS operate in Russia,” Rogozin said.

“When we raised the issue of unfolding the same infrastructure in the US, this became an issue all of a sudden. We do not understand why,” he said.

“We will work with US colleagues, so that such infrastructure emerges there soon,” he said.

“The very existence of such a navigation system and ground-based infrastructure is a sign of a high-tech power, which Russia is equally with the US,” the deputy prime minister said.

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