India "is a serious space power and would like to join ISS project. However, objection by some other project partners has put a question mark on this issue," Russia's Federal Space Agency (RKA) Chief Anatoly Perminov said about the expansion of the ISS project participants. Besides Russian RKA, the ambitious ISS project includes NASA , Canada, Japan and European Space Agency (ESA).
Perminov described India as "an example of a country that has already reached the level of manned space exploration and whose contribution to world space exploration, albeit unmanned, is very large. I am confident that sooner or later, in any case after 2010 this issue (India's accession) will again be raised."