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  • WASHINGTON (AFP) Dec 14, 2004
    Washington and Moscow have opened talks on cooperating on their respective satellite navigation systems, GPS and GLONASS, the US State Department said Tuesday.

    The countries' delegations met on the weekend in Washington, the State Department said in a statement.

    "Both sides reiterated their commitment to continuing these talks and reaffirmed that the United States and the Russian Federation intend to continue to provide the GPS and GLONASS civil signals appropriate for commercial, scientific and safety of life use on a continuous, worldwide basis, free of direct user fees," the statement said, without giving dates for any upcoming meeting.

    US and EU delegates signed an agreement allowing cooperation on their respective systems, allowing the Global Positioning System and Galileo to reside on the same satellite and doubling the capacties of the systems.

    The geostationary satellites act as beacons, emitting signals by which anyone, from pilots to hobbyists can navigate with precision.

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