PEACE TREATY AND PRINCIPLES OF INTERRELATION BETWEEN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION AND THE CHECHEN REPUBLIC OF ICHKERIA
12 MAY 1997′
The esteemed parties to the agreement, desiring to end their centuries-long antagonism and striving to establish firm equal and mutually beneficial relations, hereby agree:
1 to reject forever the use of force or threat of force in resolving all matters of dispute.
2 to develop their relations on generally recognized principles and norms of international law in doing so, the sides shall inter-act on the basis of the additional specific agreements.
3 This treaty shall serve as the basis for concluding further agreements and accords on the full range of relations.
4 This treaty is written in two copies and both have equal legal power.
5 This treaty is active from the day of signing.
Moscow, 12 May 1997
B. Yeltsin, President of the Russian Federation
A. Maskhadov, President of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria”