Secretary of the Russian Security Council Vladimir Rushailo left for France Monday. He pays a working visit on the instruction of President Vladimir Putin. The visit will last till November 21. Before his departure Vladimir Rushailo told journalists that his visit should be another step on the way of coordinating Russian and French stances on the key aspects of security and combating international terrorism. According to him, Russia and France have a solid basis for constructive cooperation, joint search of answers to dangerous challenges of the new century. It is important to use all available resources and opportunities, he stressed. The visit's programme envisages Vladimir Rushailo meetings with representatives of French political and military leadership, in the course of which he intends to discuss a wide range of issues of the two countries' cooperation in different spheres and, first of all, in international and regional security. A special attention will be paid to Russia-France anti-terrorist cooperation.
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