Defense bill makes it "next to impossible" for Russians to build GPS sites in the U.S.

The State Department hoped the building of satellite monitoring stations might soften tempers between the US and Russia, which have flared in the wake of asylum for Edward Snowden and arguments over Syrian politics. Congressional Republicans, the Pentagon and the CIA, on the other hand, had different ideas.

Tucked into the mammoth defense budget bill that President Obama signed into law on Thursday is a measure that virtually bars Russia from building about a half-dozen monitor stations on American soil that critics fear Moscow could use to spy on the United States or worse.

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