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The agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on cooperation in the field of culture, science and education

of February 21, 1995

The government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the Republic of Belarus which further are referred to as with the Parties

aiming at further development and strengthening of friendly relations and cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus in the field of culture, science and education,

in view of proximity of cultures and traditions of cultural communication and friendship of the people,

being convinced that bonds in the field of culture, science and education are equitable to radical interests of the people of both states and will promote further development of friendship, and mutually beneficial cooperation,

being effective in the spirit of provisions of the Helsinki Final act, and also other documents of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

and according to the Agreement on creation of the Commonwealth of Independent States of December 8, 1991, the Almaty declaration of December 21, 1991,

being guided by the Treaty of friendship, neighborliness and cooperation between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus of February 21, 1995,

agreed as follows:

Article 1.

The parties will promote:

- to development of cooperation in the field of culture, education, science, information and sport, including between public organizations, the creative unions, associations and funds;

- to acquaintance with culture of other Party and, in particular, with historically developed large meetings and collections of cultural values which integrity they confirm;

- to mutual access to the state library, archive and museum stocks of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus for citizens of both states on equal terms and to use of these funds in the cultural, scientific and educational purposes.

Article 2.

The parties will assist development of cooperation in training in the field of culture, science and education, to experience exchange between the interested departments and the organizations, to carrying out symposiums and "round tables", establishment, expansion and deepening of direct cooperation and direct connections between public institutions and public organizations in the field of culture, science, education, sport, including at the level of the regions connected by traditional bonds of cooperation.

Article 3.

The parties guarantee free and equal development of cultures of the Russian ethnic minority in the Republic of Belarus and the Belarusian ethnic minority in the Russian Federation. The parties will create favorable conditions for preserving their national originality, culture, language, realization of spiritual and religious needs.

Article 4.

The parties will render assistance to holding art festivals, tours of collectives and soloists, statement on the stage of musical and drama works of authors of other country, to exchange of delegations and literature, art exhibitions, including the collections having the world value.

Article 5.

The parties will cooperate in area of mutual preserving their cultural heritage, including restoration of historical, cultural and religious monuments and objects.

The parties will resolve by negotiations the issues connected with missing or illegal the exported cultural values which appeared in the territory of other Party.

Article 6.

The parties will promote cooperation in the field of cinematography, including to holding national film festivals and film premieres, exchange of delegations and certain specialists, implementation of joint statements, cooperation of film archives, exchange of movies, literature and materials.

Article 7.

The parties will encourage exchanges in the field of publishing case and to render assistance in distribution in the territory of the states to the printed materials published by other country.

Each of the Parties will render comprehensive assistance to transfer and the edition of literary works, interlibrary bonds, exchange of delegations of writers and journalists, materials between publishing houses and the editorial offices, to publication of materials about political, economic, cultural and scientific life, the edition of newspapers and magazines in language of other state.

Article 8.

The parties will promote development of cooperation between the author's and legal organizations of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.

Article 9.

The parties will cooperate in area of television and broadcasting.

Specific questions of such cooperation will be regulated by agreements between the interested departments and the organizations of the Parties.

Article 10.

As required the Parties will hold consultations by determination of the priority directions of research works in the field of culture, mutual informing on results of scientific research, to organize for this purpose joint scientific and scientific and practical conferences, seminars and symposiums, to conduct publishing activities and to use other forms of scientific exchange and cooperation.

Questions of research of new areas and forms of cooperation, questions of providing the rights and freedoms of citizens in the field of culture, science and education, questions of legal and social and economic regulation of activities of cultural, educational and scientific institutions, protection of interests of cultural figures and art, development of the agreed principles of statistics of culture can also be subject of consultations.

Article 11.

The parties will cooperate in questions of development of material and technical resources of culture, to exchange new technologies, to perform on mutually advantageous basis of supply of equipment and technical means for cultural institutions.

Article 12.

The parties will encourage cooperation between Academies of Sciences and other scientific institutions of both countries.

Article 13.

The parties will develop cooperation in the field of education. For this purpose they will be:

- promote establishment and development of direct connections between the interested departments, educational institutions and the organizations on the basis of direct arrangements;

- promote exchanges of pupils, students, graduate students, specialists and teachers for the purpose of training, scientific training, lecturing, advanced training and teaching work;

- promote participation in scientific and scientific and methodical seminars, conferences, symposiums and other events held in both countries and also cooperation in joint scientific projects and programs;

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