On June 1 Russia began blocking “the military functions of U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) base stations on its territory.”
According to Xinhuanet.com, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin tweeted about the move: “We have worked out and implemented measures that exclude the use of these stations for military purposes. Now they are under our full control.”
This move is designed to help Russia “advance talks over the placement of Glonass stations in the United States.” Glonass is “the Russian equivalent to GPS.”
Rogozin said the simple blocking of military GPS function may give way to dismantling of GPS stations on September 1 if the U.S. does not allow Russia “to plant Glonass ground base stations on U.S. territory.”
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