The Czech Republic refused to allow Russia to place a ground station of the updated GLONASS navigation satellite system on its territory. This is reported by the edition Respect with reference to sources.
In 2020, Russia turned to the Czech Republic and several other countries of other countries with a request to allow the placement of GLONASS ground stations on their territory. According to Respekt, the country’s special services got acquainted with the request of the Russian Federation and “unequivocally rejected” the possibility of placing GLONASS stations on the territory of the Czech Republic.
A source in the Czech secret services said that the navigation system contains “encrypted mechanisms that serve the Russian army and its interests.”
The information was confirmed by the Minister of Transport of the Czech Republic Karel Havlicek, who said that Russia’s request for the station was rejected. He added that the Russian Federation did not respond to inquiries about the goals of the system and its design features.
“As an EU member, the Czech Republic is now focusing on the European navigation system Galileo, which is based in Prague, serves all EU member states and is under civilian control,” Havlicek said.
We will remind, earlier the Czech Republic demanded from Russia to pay more than 25 million euros for the explosions at military warehouses in the village of Vrbetitsa. Deputy Foreign Minister of the country Martin Smolek handed the corresponding note to the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Prague, Alexander Zmeevsky. According to CTK, Prague also insists that Moscow reconsider its decision to include it in the list of “unfriendly states.”
Source: Росбалт by www.rosbalt.ru.
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