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The treaty of friendship, neighborliness and cooperation between Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus

of July 17, 1995

Ukraine and the Republic of Belarus, the High contracting parties which further are referred to as,

relying on close ties which historically developed, between two states, their people,

being convinced that further development and consolidation of these relations are equitable to radical interests of the people of both states and serve cause of peace, safety and progress,

are full of determination to continue reorganization of independent, democratic, constitutional states, noting that the Contract between the Ukrainian SSR and the Belarusian SSR of December 29, 1990 played significant role in development of good-neighbourhood between both states,

aiming to provide new quality to the relations and to strengthen the legal base of cooperation between both states according to realities of the international life,

confirming the arrangement to the universally recognized norms of international law, the purposes and the principles of Articles of organization of the United Nations, provisions of the Helsinki Final Act, Parisian to the Charter for new Europe and other documents of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe,

agreed about it:

Article 1

High contracting parties establish the relations on mutual respect, trust and consent, being guided at the same time by the principles of respect of the state sovereignty, equality and non-interference to internal affairs of each other, nonuse of force or threat of force, including economic and other means of pressure, peaceful settlement of disputes, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, fair accomplishment of obligations on international law, and also other conventional principles and rules of international law.

High contracting parties recognize inviolability of the frontiers existing between them and confirm that they have no territorial claims to each other and will not push such claims in the future.

Article 2

High contracting parties promote continuation of process of arms limitation and disarmament, strengthening of role of the United Nations in maintenance of international peace and safety, creation of system of collective security in Europe. High contracting parties also make efforts for assistance to peaceful settlement of the conflicts and other situations which infringe on their interests.

Article 3

Each of High contracting parties shall abstain from participation or support of any actions directed against other High contracting party and not to assume that its territory was used to the detriment of interests of safety of other High contracting party.

In case of situation which creates, according to one of High contracting parties, threat to peace, violates or affects the interests of its safety, territorial integrity and sovereignty she can address other High contracting party with the offer to instantly hold consultations. High contracting parties will exchange the relevant information and will aim at approval of necessary measures for overcoming such situation.

Article 4

High contracting parties build the relations in the field of military cooperation, ensuring state security, protection of frontier, customs affairs, export and migratory control on the basis of free standing agreements.

Article 5

Each of High contracting parties guarantees to the citizens, irrespective of their nationality, floor, language, religion, political or other convictions, the civil, political, social, economic and cultural laws and freedoms according to the universally recognized norms of international law.

Each of High contracting parties according to its current legislation provides to citizens of other High contracting party who live in its territory equal with the citizens of the right and freedoms and performs their equal legal protection.

High contracting parties cooperate in implementation of the rights of the citizens who live in the territory of each other, provide them support according to regulations of the legislation of the state of the place of residence, the universally recognized norms of international law and arrangements within Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

High contracting parties take necessary measures for creation of the optimum mode of mutual trips of their citizens and stateless persons which live in the territory of each other. High contracting parties will sign the consular convention, the agreement on legal assistance on civil, family and criminal cases and other agreements in this area.

Article 6

Each of High contracting parties, according to the universally recognized norms of international law, and also Parisian the Charter for new Europe and other documents of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe confirms that respect of the rights of persons which concern to ethnic minorities and constantly live in its territory, is essential factor of the world, stability and democracy.

Each of High contracting parties guarantees to persons who treat the Belarusian minority in Ukraine and to the Ukrainian minority in the Republic of Belarus, is right individually or collectively freely to express, keep and develop the ethnic, cultural, language or religious originality, without allowing any attempts of assimilation contrary to their freedom. High contracting parties will sign the free standing agreement in this area.

Article 7

Each of High contracting parties undertakes to take in the territory necessary measures, including legislative, for prevention and the termination of any actions based on national, racial, ethnic or religious intolerance, hostility or hatred.

Article 8

High contracting parties promote development of comprehensive contacts between their citizens, political parties and movements, labor unions, religious, women's, youth, sports, tourist and other groups and the unions, press organs and information.

Article 9

High contracting parties pay special attention to development of cooperation between parliaments and parliamentarians of both states, activate interaction of the commissions of the Verkhovna Rada, in particular rather legislative activities.

Article 10

High contracting parties provide favorable conditions for trade and economic mutually beneficial development and sci-tech cooperation between them.

High contracting parties create favorable economic, financial and legal conditions for business and other economic activity, including encouragement and mutual protection of capital investments.

High contracting parties pay special attention to development of commercial ties between frontier areas of both states, and also provide favorable conditions for cooperation at the level of administrative and territorial units within their competence.

Each of High contracting parties refrains from the actions capable to cause to other High contracting party economic or ecological harm.

High contracting parties regulate relations on the specified questions on the basis of free standing agreements.

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