05:05 GMT07 May 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Saudi Arabia may host ground stations of Russia's global GLONASS satellite navigation system as part of the space cooperation plan between the two countries, according to a final document from a meeting of the joint Russian-Saudi Arabian intergovernmental commission, obtained by Sputnik.

    "The sides expressed their readiness to continue consultations on prospects and mutually beneficial areas of bilateral activities in space sector: satellite navigation and installation of GLONASS ground stations in Saudi Arabia," the document read.

    GLONASS is one of four global satellite navigation systems, which also include China's BeiDou, US-owned GPS and the European Union's Galileo. 

    The GLONASS constellation comprises a total of 27 satellites, including 24 operational devices.

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