When opening a meeting with Nato Secretary-General George Robertson on Thursday, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov announced that Moscow was proposing that Russia-Nato bilateral cooperation be expanded to encompass all the alliance's member-nations. Ivanov said that as "very many new, serious threats" had appeared, a "new level of co-operation between all countries" was necessary to deal with them. Russia, according to him, was "ready for such co-operation, but on an equal and mutually beneficial basis." "De facto, such co-operation ... is being conducted with many Nato member-nations, and we are ready to expand it, above all on issues [such as] the fight against terrorism, the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the drug-trade and also the counter-action of other threats," said the Russian minister. Ivanov stressed that he would discuss all these issues with George Robertson.
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