Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko acknowledges the country's economy may be facing a setback as the global economy looks set to plunge. "In light of the existing challenges of negative kind [in the global economy], the actions of the Belarussian leadership will be adjusted significantly," Lukashenko said in a statement. He believes Belarus must weather the global recession and "should not lose anything." The President stressed the importance of keeping up the trade balance and retaining staunch trade partners such as Russia in the face of these developments.
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