Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia "intends to fulfil its obligations on the withdrawal of our troops from our base in Abkhazia", despite "any domestic political problems of Georgia connected with Abkhazia". The president said this at a meeting with journalists. "I want to reaffirm - troops will be pulled out", the president said. The Russian head of state also emphasised that Russia "does not intend to undertake anything except fortify /the Russian-Georgian border/ throughout its entire length".
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