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The treaty of friendship, cooperation and partnership between the Russian Federation and Ukraine

from May 31, 1997

The Russian Federation and Ukraine, further referred to as "High contracting parties",

relying on historically developed close connections, the relations of friendship and cooperation between the people of Russia and Ukraine,

noting that the Agreement between RSFSR and Ukrainian to the Soviet Socialist Republic from November 19, 1990 promoted development of good-neighbourhood between both states,

confirming the obligations following from provisions of the Agreement between the Russian Federation and Ukraine about further development of the interstate relations, signed in Dagomys on June 23, 1992,

considering that strengthening of friendship, neighborliness and mutually beneficial cooperation is equitable to radical interests of their people, serves the cause of peace and the international security,

aiming to give new quality to these relations and to strengthen their legal basis,

full of determination to provide irreversibility and the postupatelnost of democratic processes in both states,

considering arrangements within the Commonwealth of Independent States,

confirming the commitment to regulations of international law, first of all to the purposes and principles of Articles of organization of the United Nations, and following the obligations taken within Organization For Security and Cooperation in Europe,

agreed as follows:

Article 1

High contracting parties as the friendly, equal in rights and sovereign states base the relations on mutual respect and trust, strategic partnership and cooperation.

Article 2

High contracting parties according to provisions of the Charter of the United Nations and obligations under the Final act of Meeting on safety and cooperation in Europe respect territorial integrity of each other and confirm inviolability of borders existing between them.

Article 3

High contracting parties build the relations with each other on the basis of principles of mutual respect, sovereign equality, territorial integrity, inviolability of borders, peaceful settlement of disputes, the nonuse of force or threat by force, including economic and different ways of pressure, the rights of the people freely to dispose of the destiny, non-interference to internal affairs, observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, cooperation between the states, fair accomplishment of the taken international obligations, and also other universally recognized norms of international law.

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