'The Second Petersburg Dialogue Forum, to be held in Weimar, Germany, from April 8 to 10, will illustrate German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's role in European politics,' said Vladimir Lukin, former Russian Ambassador to the US and current Vice-Speaker of the Russian State Duma, in an interview to a Rosbalt reporter today. 'Parliamentary elections are high at hand in Germany, and Herr Schroeder is using his meeting with Vladimir Putin in his political campaign, though he would never admit it.' According to Lukin, as Europe's interest in Russia intensifies, Gerhard Schroeder wants to understand what is currently going on in Russia. Although Europe questions Russian decisions concerning Chechnya and disapproves of the situation in the Russian Parliament and media, the Vice-Speaker believes that Mr. Schroeder envisions no anti-Russian propaganda. Lukin said, 'On the contrary, he might become the person to tell Europe that Russia is not doing as badly as some sources report.'
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