Le Pen: France's Decision to Sever Diplomatic Ties with Syria Big Mistake

BEIRUT, (ST)- The French Presidential Candidate Marine Le Pen has stressed that France's decision to sever diplomatic relations with Syria was a grave mistake, vowing to restore ties with Syria if she becomes a president.

"President Bashar Al-Assad was proved to be the only one who managed to resist extremism, the danger from which the French people are currently suffering," Le Pen told the Lebanese L'Orient Le Jour newspaper, adding that several countries including France have tried to weaken President Al-Assad.

United States, Allies Should Change their Syria Policies

MOSCOW, (ST)- Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian Federation Council Igor Morozov believes that the two Astana meetings open the way for serious and effective fight against terrorist organizations and they provide suitable environment for the success of the intra-Syrian dialogue scheduled to be held in Geneva later this month.

In a statement to SANA correspondent in Moscow on Monday, Morozov said that regimes like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are creating complications before the holding of the Syrian dialogue in Geneva. He added that "the United States, led by Donald Trump, and its allies must change their policies in the Middle East, particularly in Syria", affirming the importance of cooperation  to eliminate global terrorism and solve the crisis in Syria.

Putin: Russia's UN Envoy Churkin Suffered No Defeats

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has described Russia’s UN envoy Vitaly Churkin, who died in New York on Monday at 64 years of age, as one of the most prominent diplomats who brilliantly coped with his tasks and never suffered defeats. Putin’s message addressed to the diplomat’s widow Irina Churkina and his children, Anastasiya and Maksim, was published on the Kremlin’s website on Tuesday.

Indian Space Research Organization Awaits Government Nod to Develop Station

Indian leaders and some of the space scientists had criticized ISRO for Mars Mission in 2013, arguing that with limited available resources, ISRO should prioritize its spending and avoid wasteful expenditure. Now, space scientists have points to make in support of India’s own space station.

New Delhi - Seeking clear roadmap and financial support on space program from government, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) chairman AS Kiran Kumar said that India has the capability to develop a space station, but it needed a long-term approach and ambitious planning. "We have all the capabilities to set up a space station. The day the country takes the decision, we will 'okay' the project. Just draw a policy and provide us necessary funds and time," ISRO chief said.

Czech Analyst: Leaders of Countries Supporting Terrorism in Syria Should Be Brought to Trial

PRAGUE,(ST)- Czech political analyst has called for bringing leaders of the countries that have supported terrorism and are responsible for heinous crimes perpetrated in Syria to trial.

Václav Aomlaov said in an article published today in the 'e-Repubblica' website that countries supporting terrorism in Syria, such as Saudi Arabia, the US and some European countries, failed to notch up their goals.

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin Dies

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin died at the age of 64, just a day before his 65th birthday, in New York on Monday, according to Sputnik.

"A prominent Russian diplomat has passed away while at work. We'd like to express our sincere condolences to Vitaly Churkin's family," Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement available on its official website.

Russia's Deputy Permanent Representative Petr Iliichev said about Churkin that he kept working "till the very end."

"The loss that Russia has suffered is irreplaceable. Ambassador Churkin kept working till the very last moment. He dedicated all his life to protecting Russia's interests abroad. He was [always] at the front line, taking the most challenging appointments," Iliichev said.

Four Russian Military Advisors Killed in Car Blast in Syria: Russian MoD

MOSCOW- Four Russian military advisers were killed and another two were wounded in a vehicle blast in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Monday.

The vehicle was blown up as a vehicular column of the Syrian troops was moving from the Tiyas military airbase towards Homs, the ministry said, according to Itar Tass news agency.

Lavrov: Further Delay in Syria's Political Settlement Cannot Suit Anyone

Russia's top diplomat said no one could benefit from delays in the political settlement of the crisis in Syria. Moscow hopes the new US administration to be more engaged in the fight against terrorism, he added.

MOSCOW — There are no sides that could be satisfied from a delay in the process to settle the crisis in Syria politically, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

"Further delay cannot suit anyone," Lavrov told reporters at a press conference after talks with his counterpart from Burkina Faso, Sputnik reported.