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

of May 31, 1997

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

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

noting that the Contract between RSFSR and the Ukrainian SSR of November 19, 1990 promoted development of good-neighbourhood between both states,

confirming the obligations following from regulations of the Agreement between the Russian Federation and Ukraine on 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 cause of peace and the international security,

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

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

considering arrangements within the Commonwealth of Independent States,

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

agreed as follows:

Article 1

High contracting parties as the friendly, equal 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 UN and obligations under the Final act of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe respect territorial integrity of each other and confirm inviolability of the borders existing between them.

Article 3

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

Article 4

High contracting parties recognize that neighborliness and cooperation between them are important factors of increase in stability and safety in Europe and around the world. They perform close cooperation for the purpose of strengthening of international peace and safety. They undertake necessary measures to promote process of general disarmament, creation and strengthening of system of collective security in Europe, and also to strengthening of peacekeeping role of the UN and increase in efficiency of regional mechanisms of safety.

The parties make efforts for that settlement of all controversial problems was performed by exclusively peaceful means, and cooperate in prevention and settlement of the conflicts and situations infringing on their interests.

Article 5

High contracting parties hold regular consultations with the purpose of ensuring further deepening of the bilateral relations and exchange of opinions on the multilateral problems which are of mutual interest. They in necessary cases coordinate the line items for implementation of coordinated actions.

For this purpose in coordination between the Parties regular summits are held. Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Parties meet at least two times a year.

Working meetings between representatives of other ministries and departments of the Parties for discussion of the questions which are of mutual interest are carried out as required.

By the parties the mixed commissions for the solution of single questions in various areas can be created on permanent or temporary basis.

Article 6

Each of High contracting parties abstains from participation or support of any actions directed against other High contracting party and not sign any agreements directed against other Party with the third countries. Any of the Parties will not allow also that its territory was used to the detriment of safety of other Party.

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