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The treaty of friendship, cooperation and mutual safety between the Russian Federation and the Azerbaijan Republic

of July 3, 1997

The Russian Federation and the Azerbaijan Republic which further are referred to as with High contracting parties

relying on historically developed bonds, friendship and traditions of kind communication between the people,

considering that further development of the relations of friendship, neighborliness and mutually beneficial cooperation between them is equitable to radical interests of the people of both states and serves cause of peace and safety,

the full of determination to build democratic constitutional states in the territories,

confirming the commitment to the purposes and the principles of Articles of organization of the United Nations, the Helsinki Final act and other documents of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe,

confirming the commitment to observance of the conventional international standards in the field of human rights,

strengthening the contractual legal basis of the bilateral relations,

aiming to lift the bilateral relations to qualitatively new level,

agreed as follows:

Article 1

High contracting parties will develop the relations as the friendly, equal and sovereign states on the basis of trust, strategic partnership and full cooperation. They shall be guided steadily by the principles of mutual respect of their state sovereignty and independence, equality and non-interference to internal affairs of each other, nonuse of force or threat of force, including economic and different ways of pressure, territorial integrity, inviolability of borders, peaceful settlement of disputes, respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms, fair accomplishment of obligations, and also other universally recognized norms of international law.

Article 2

High contracting parties will interact for the purpose of strengthening of the world, increase in stability and safety both in global, and in regional scale. They will promote disarmament process continuation, creation and strengthening of the international systems of collective security, and also formation of the structures and institutes promoting strengthening of peacekeeping role of the UN and OSCE, increase in efficiency of regional mechanisms. They will also make efforts for assistance to settlement of the regional conflicts on the basis of the universally recognized norms of international law, and first of all observance and ensuring sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of borders of the states.

For this purpose High contracting parties will hold on regular basis consultations on the problems which are of mutual interest.

Article 3

High contracting parties, confirming inadmissibility of use of force or threat of its application in the interstate relations, do not recognize violent change of internationally acknowledged borders of the states.

They will cooperate and support the mutual efforts aimed at providing their territorial integrity and immunity of borders.

Article 4

In case of the situation creating, according to one of High contracting parties, threat to peace, breach of the peace or violating the essential interests of its safety, each of the Parties can appeal to other Party about carrying out immediate consultations. High contracting parties will exchange the relevant information and to aim at approval of suitable measures for overcoming such situation.

Article 5

High contracting parties condemn separatism in all its manifestations and not support secession movements, and also prohibit and stop the creation and activities in the territory of the organizations and groups, activities of individuals directed against the state sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of other High contracting party.

High contracting parties on the basis of free standing agreements will interact in the field of protection of frontiers.

Article 6

Each of High contracting parties not participate in any actions or actions of military, economic and financial nature including through the third countries, directed against other High contracting party, and not to assume that its territory was used for the purpose of aggression or other violent acts against other High contracting party.

Article 7

Each of High contracting parties recognizes and respects the right of other Party to independently determine and perform package of measures, directed to protection of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, immunity of borders and defense capability.

Article 8

High contracting parties, independently resolving issues of ensuring national security and defense construction, will perform for this purpose close cooperation and practical interaction. Forms and order of interaction will be regulated in the field by the free standing agreement.

Article 9

Each of High contracting parties provides to the citizens of other Party living in its territory the property and personal non-property rights, right to rest, on health protection, on social security, on receipt of the dwelling, on education, on use of achievements of culture, on participation in public organizations, and also the personal rights and freedoms on the same bases and in the same amount, as well as to own citizens. Citizens of other Party use the same rights in the territory of each of High contracting parties and perform the same duties in employment relationships, as her own citizens, excepting appointment to such positions or occupation as such activities which are connected with belonging to nationality of this Party.

Citizens of other Party in the territory of each of High contracting parties have the right to appeal to the court and other state bodies for protection of the rights and own citizens of this Party have the same procedural law, as.

Each of High contracting parties protects the rights of the citizens living in the territory of other Party, gives them protection and support according to the universally recognized norms of international law.

High contracting parties will sign the free standing agreements necessary for ensuring protection of the rights of the citizens living in the territory of other High contracting party.

Article 10

High contracting parties confirm that respect of the rights of persons belonging to ethnic minorities as parts of the conventional human rights is essential factor of the world, justice, stability and democracy in the Russian Federation and the Azerbaijan Republic.

High contracting parties guarantee the right to persons belonging to ethnic minorities completely and to effectively perform the human rights and fundamental freedoms and to use them without any discrimination and in the conditions of full equality before the law.

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