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Almaty declaration

of December 21, 1991

Independent States:

- Azerbaijan Republic, Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic Krygyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation (RSFSR), Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Republic of Uzbekistan and Ukraine,

aiming to build democratic constitutional states, the relations between which will develop on the basis of mutual recognition and respect of the state sovereignty and sovereign equality, the inalienable right to self-determination, the principles of equality and non-interference to internal affairs, refusal of use of force and threat of force, economic and any other methods of pressure, peaceful settlement of disputes, respect of human rights and freedoms, including the rights of ethnic minorities, fair accomplishment of obligations and other conventional principles and rules of international law;

recognizing and respecting territorial integrity of each other and inviolability of the existing borders;

considering that strengthening of the relations of friendship having deep historical roots, neighborliness and mutually beneficial cooperation is equitable to radical interests of the people and serves cause of peace and safety;

realizing the responsibility for preserving the civil world and interethnic concord;

being committed to the purposes and the principles of the Agreement on creation of the Commonwealth of Independent States,

declare as follows:

Interaction of members of the Commonwealth will be performed on the principle of equality through the coordinating institutes created on the parity basis and operating according to the procedure determined by agreements between members of the Commonwealth which is not either the state, or supranational education.

For the purpose of ensuring the international strategic stability and safety the joint command of strategic forces and single control over nuclear weapon will be kept; the parties will respect aspiration of each other to achievement of the status of the nuclear-free and (or) neutral state.

The Commonwealth of Independent States is open with the consent of all his participants for accession of the states to it - members of the former USSR, and also other states sharing the purposes and the principles of the Commonwealth.

The commitment to cooperation in forming and development of the Common Economic Space, the all-European and Eurasian markets proves to be true.

With formation of the Commonwealth of Independent States Union of Soviet Socialist Republics stops the existence.

The State Parties of the Commonwealth guarantee accomplishment of the international obligations following from contracts and agreements of the former USSR according to the constitutional processes.

The State Parties of the Commonwealth shall observe the principles of this Declaration strictly.


President of the Azerbaijan Republic


President of the Republic of Armenia


Chairman of the Supreme Council

Republic of Belarus



Republic of Kazakhstan


President of the Republic Kyrgyzstan


President  of the Republic of Moldova 


President of the Russian Federation (RSFSR)


President of the Republic of Tajikistan


President of the Republic of Turkmenistan


President of the Republic of Uzbekistan


President of Ukraine




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