Victor Pleskachevsky, head of the State Duma's committee on property, is sure that Russia should join the World Trade Organization (WTO). "In the event Russia joins WTO, Russian businesses will have to restructure in order to compete with civilized businesses, that is why (Russian) oligarchs may object to it," he said in an interview with journalists today. In his opinion, Russia's membership in this organization will be beneficial for the population. He believes that, like at any other negotiations, Russia should trade off the most favorable conditions for itself. "Certainly, some manufacturers will lose the advantages of a self-contained economy," he stressed. Pleskachevsky maintains that disputes around this question have a lot of political undertoes.
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