A forward team of Russian government officials is heading for Afghanistan Friday "to establish working contacts with the leadership of Afghanistan's legitimate government." Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said the team comprises officials of the Defense Ministry, the Foreign Ministry, and the Emergencies Ministry. Ivanov is leading a coordinating team on Afghanistan.
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