An agreement on allotting Russia premises for two years without compensation so that a Russian embassy might resume its functioning in Afghanistan was signed in Kabul Monday by Afghan foreign ministry officials and Russia's special envoy Alexander Oblov. The latter made it clear that the embassy would start work in the near future. The former Russian embassy, which was seriously damaged in 1992, harbours now about 30,000 refugees on its territory.
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