JOINT STATEMENT ON THE U.S. GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS) AND THE RUSSIAN GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEM (GLONASS)
Delegations of the United States and the Russian Federation met in Washington D.C. on December 9-10, 2004, to continue discussions on matters relating to GPS and GLONASS cooperation.
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 United States and the Russian Federation intend to cooperate, as appropriate, on matters of mutual interest related to civil satellite-based navigation and timing signals and systems, value-added services, and global navigation and timing goods in relevant international organizations and fora.
In particular, both sides intend to work together to the maximum extent practicable to maintain radio frequency compatibility in spectrum use between each other's satellite-based navigation and timing signals.
Both sides will work together to the maximum extent practicable to maintain compatibility and promote interoperability of GPS and GLONASS for civil user benefits worldwide. To this end, both sides intend to establish working groups on matters of development and use of GLONASS and GPS and their respective augmentations.
Both sides will begin preliminary discussions on an agreement for GPS – GLONASS cooperation.
For the United States:
Office of Space and Advanced Technology, Department of State
For the Russian Federation:
Georgy M. Polischuk
Federal Space Agency