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AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS AND GOVERNMENT OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

of October 29, 2014

About cooperation in the field of military courier mail service

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

based on the Treaty of friendship, neighborliness and cooperation between the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation of February 21, 1995,

being guided by the Contract between the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation on military cooperation of December 19, 1997,

considering mutual interests of the Parties in ensuring protection of classified and office information in case of its delivery for the benefit of military forming of the states of the Parties,

recognizing need of combination of efforts and approval of actions for ensuring information exchange and interaction in the field of military courier mail service,

agreed as follows:

Article 1

The concepts used in this agreement mean the following:

"military correspondence" – special and office correspondence, particular loads dispatched and received by bodies of military management, military units and the organizations of armed forces of the states of the Parties;

"network of military courier mail service" – the set of military units and divisions of courier mail service of armed forces of the states of the Parties including located in the territory of the state of other Party, delivery systems and the appointed routes of their following, created for acceptance, processing and delivery of all types of military correspondence;

"office correspondence" – the simple and registered letters addressed to bodies of military management, military units and the organizations of armed forces of the states of the Parties, parcels post and sending;

"particular loads" – the products, materials or their components containing the classified information:

"special correspondence" – correspondence having different degrees of privacy, and also other correspondence containing the data protected by the legislation of the states of the Parties;

"couriers (couriers and couriers)" – officials of authorized body of the Party who according to the legislation of the state of this Party fulfill duties on delivery of all types of military correspondence.

Article 2

The authorized bodies of the Parties responsible for implementation of this agreement, are:

from the Belarusian Side – the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Belarus;

from the Russian Side – the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation.

Notify each other on change of the authorized bodies of the Party through diplomatic channels.

Article 3

Delivery of military correspondence of the state of one Party for the benefit of its military forming located in the territory of the state of other Party is performed on network of military courier mail service of the first Party according to the rules established by Regulations on delivery of military correspondence on network of military courier mail service according to the appendix which is integral part of this agreement.

Article 4

Public authorities of the state of the Party to which territory military correspondence is delivered provide:

a) rendering full support to couriers (couriers and couriers) of other Party, including:

in the organization of delivery of military correspondence and providing conditions of its guaranteed safety, and also in assistance in case of execution of obligations by them on delivery of military correspondence;

in extraordinary acquisition of tickets for rail and air transport;

in protection of military correspondence, weapon and ammunition in case of armed attack (attack threat);

in provision by authorized body of road transport and means of communication in the absence of other possibility of delivery of military correspondence or transfer of office information;

in provision of the isolated room for placement of military correspondence and rest of couriers (couriers and couriers) in case of landing of aircrafts in the airfields which are not terminal points of route;

in delivery of military correspondence other means in case of forced delay of departure of trains and aircrafts in which couriers (couriers and couriers) follow;

b) in case of accident of transport on which couriers (couriers and couriers) followed, – rendering necessary assistance to them in rescuing and ensuring safety of the military correspondence and weapon which are available in case of them;

c) in case of death of couriers (couriers and couriers) – taking measures to protection, ensuring safety and immunity of military correspondence and immediate informing authorized body of the state of the Party in whose interests military correspondence is delivered.

Article 5

Couriers (couriers and couriers) delivering military correspondence to military forming of the state in the territory of the state of other Party freely drive on the territory of the last with service weapon and leave it. The procedure for use of service weapon (firearms and special means) and physical force couriers (couriers and couriers) is determined by the legislation of the state of stay regulating the specified questions.

In case of execution of the obligations of the courier (couriers and couriers) of authorized bodies of the states of the Parties shall be supplied with the official document with indication of surname, name and middle name, and also their status and number of the places constituting military correspondence and other documents determined by the legislation of the states of the Parties.

Couriers (couriers and couriers) in the time spent for the territory of the state of the Party in which military correspondence is delivered use protection of the state of stay and security of person, are not subject to arrest or detention. They shall respect the legislation of the state of stay and not interfere with its internal affairs.

Article 6

In case of implementation of this agreement of the Party provide protection of the data which are the state secrets in the Republic of Belarus and the data which are the state secret in the Russian Federation according to the Agreement between the Republic of Belarus and the Russian Federation on mutual ensuring protection of the state secrets of the Republic of Belarus and the state mystery of the Russian Federation of January 20, 2003.

Information obtained by one of the Parties during implementation of this agreement cannot be used to the detriment of sovereignty, safety, public order or other essential interests of the state of other Party.

Provision by one Party of information obtained from other Party during implementation of this agreement, any third party, including legal entities and physical persons, it is allowed only from written consent of the Party which transferred such information.

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