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Documents on Germany, 1944-1959 : background documents on Germany, 1944-1959, and a chronology of political developments affecting Berlin, 1945-1956

Soviet draft treaty on friendship and collaboration, July 15, 1958,   pp. 297-300 PDF (1.5 MB)

Page 298

relations among their peoples on the basis of the principles of mutual-
respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty, non-aggression, non-
interference in each other's internal affairs, equality, and mutual
The signatories obligate themselves to solve all disputes which may
arise among them exclusively by peaceful means and in accordance
with the principles of the United Nations Charter.
In case a situation arises which could lead to a deterioration of the
friendly relations between states or create a threat to the peace in
Europe, the signatories will consult at once with one another for the
purpose of taking such necessary mutual measures as are found appro-
priate for the elimination of the situation which has arisen.  4
If one or more of the signatories is subjected to an attack on the
part of any state, the other signatories to this treaty obligate them-
selves not to provide military and economic aid or moral support to
the aggressor regardless of whether or not they are bound as allies or
by some other commitments with the aggressor state.
Until the conclusion of a general agreement on the limitations of
arms and of armed forces and the banning of atomic weapons the,
signatories are obligated:
a) To reduce in the course of 1 to 2 years their armed forces
and arms located in the territory of Germany by ½ /3or by another
agreed amount, whereby the reduced contingents of armed forces
must be withdrawn from the territory of Germany to within the
confines of their own national borders.
After the aforesaid reduction of armed forces and armaments,
to consider the question of the further reduction of foreign armed
forces which are stationed on the territory of Germany and also
the reduction of foreign armed forces located on the territory of
other European states with the removal in both cases of the re-
duced contingents of the armed forces to the confines of their
own national borders.
Regularly, and not less than twice yearly, to exchange informa--
tion on the strength of armed forces and the quantity of armament
of the signatories located on the territory of other states in Europe:
b) For the prevention of a possible surprise attack to provide
for the conducting of aerial photography within a zone extending-
for 800 kilometers from the line demarking the armed forces of
the member-countries of the North Atlantic Treaty and the par--
ticipating states of the Warsaw Treaty. Such a zone will be&
established by agreement with the states whose territories ares
included in this zone.
The representatives of the signatories in the course of not more than
6 months after the signing of the present treaty will define the bounda-
ries of the zones specified in paragraph (b) and will also establish an

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