The anti-Armenian hysteria taking hold in Baku does not mean that Azerbaijan is readying for war, said Armenian Joint Chiefs of Staff head Mikhail Arutyunyan. He said that his impression from speeches by Baku officialdom and the condition of the Azerbaijani army lead him to the conclusion that Baku was not preparing itself for war. 'If we see that they are readying for war, then we will take corresponding measures. The Armenian army is ready for war. If a war begins, then it will be a brutal one. But we are not preparing to start a war,' he said. Several Armenian politicians have made statements over the last few days pointing to Baku's readiness to start a war with Armenia.
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