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.

Forthcoming Geneva Talks Aim to Know Chances of Achieving Progress in Syria Political Settlement

MUNICH – UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura affirmed on Sunday that the upcoming talks in Geneva on Syria aim to find out if there was an opportunity to make progress in the political settlement of the crisis.

"Astana is the only place for the cessation of hostilities and Geneva is to find out if there is any space for political discussion,” de Mistura said at the Munich Security Conference,  according to SANA.

He said the Geneva talks would be based on U.N. Security Council resolution 2254.

NATO Expansion Led to Tension in Europe Unprecedented in Last 30 Years, Says Lavrov

NATO's expansion has led to an unprecedented level of tension over the last 30 years in Europe,  judging by some statements made at the Security Conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, speaking in Munich.

Lavrov told NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that he supports the resumption of military cooperation with the alliance. Without it, the diplomats’ meetings do not make any sense, he said. “We need to resume [our] military cooperation. [And yet] NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, surrounded by his deputies yesterday, couldn’t say that NATO is ready for this. It's sad,” Lavrov said.

Germany Warns US over Damaging Europe, NATO

 Germany has warned US President Donald Trump against damaging the European Union’s cohesion by abandoning shared values and pursuing a rapprochement with Russia, Press T.V reported.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen made the call during a hard-hitting speech at the first day of the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) on Friday.

Her comments came after Trump rattled Europe with his praise of  Brexit -- Britain’s decision to quit the EU -- his criticism of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and his lenient approach towards Moscow.