MOSCOW, December 25 (Sputnik) — Moscow intends to bring the issue of alleged discrimination against Russia’s navigation satellite system GLONASS by the United States to the United Nations, Russian newspaper Izvestiya reported Thursday, citing GLONASS Union President Alexander Gurko.
According to the newspaper, earlier in December US Federal Communications Commission stated it would introduce a compulsory licensing procedure of the navigation signal and certification of user devices.
“A number of countries could follow the US example, introducing the procedure of signal licensing and device certification," Gurko added.
GLONASS was launched in 1993 and is considered to be Russia’s answer to the US Global Positioning System (GPS). There are currently 24 operational GLONASS satellites in middle circular Earth orbit. They provide real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the globe.