On Wednesday the first phase of the Pogranichny-Avtomobilny border complex which ensures cargo transportation between Russia and China was put into service on the Russian-Chinese border. As the Pacific regional administration of the Federal Frontier Service (FPS) reported, the opening of the automobile crossing at Pogranichny settlement of the Maritime Territory (a Far-Eastern Russian region on the Sea of Japan coast) will make it possible to double the throughput of the border crossing point - to 200 trucks a day. It is planned to put the whole crossing complex into service in October 2000. Four automobile crossings on the Russian-Chinese border already operate in the Maritime Territory. Their emergence was caused by the growth of business cooperation between Russia and the PRC.
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