The president of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, has arrived in Moscow to take part in a jubilee meeting of the leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Speaking to reporters he reaffirmed that Uzbekistan "will certainly cooperate with the antiterrorist alliance" in its antiterrorist operation in Afghanistan. Karimov said Uzbekistan has already offered to the United States the use one of its airports, which will be used only for search-and-rescue and humanitarian operations. Karimov said "Uzbekistan is against bomb strikes and other land operations to be carried out from its territory".
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