On the eve of the Moscow visit by Slovakia's President Rudolf Schuster, official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Yakovenko said that the economic contacts between Russia and Slovakia are mutually beneficial. In a RIA Novosti interview, he said that Russian oil, gas and nuclear fuel supplies fully meet Slovakia's demand, and Slovakia's oil refining, steel-making and chemical industries are working on Russia's raw materials. According to the Foreign Ministry, Russia holds the third place in the external trade of Slovakia. Last year, mutual trade turnover constituted 2.2 billion dollars, which is an almost 52-percent increase from 1999. Slovakia exports to Russia mostly cars, equipment, consumer goods and medicines. More than 20 joint projects in the industrial sector are being considered.
Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled "Evil Defeated by Good", representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF Treaty concluded with the USA in 1987