The protocols consisted of one declaration, three agreements and separate annexes. In addition, Field Marshal Yevgeny Shaposhnikov was confirmed as the incumbent commander of the armed forces of the Commonwealth of Independent States. A separate treaty on reciprocal measures concerning nuclear weapons has been signed between Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine.  States Parties to the Commonwealth guarantee the fulfilment of international obligations under the treaties and agreements of the former USSR in accordance with constitutional procedures. The Alma Ata Protocols were the founding declarations and principles of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). On 8 December 1991, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus approved the Belovezha Agreement, which dissolved the Soviet Union and formed the CIS. On 21 December 27 December 1991, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan approved the Alma Ata Protocols and acceded to the CIS. The latter agreement included the three original signatories of Belavezha as well as eight other former Soviet republics. Georgia was the only former republic not to participate, while Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia refused to do so after restoring their independence status before 1940.  Interaction between the members of the Commonwealth shall be based on the principle of equality between the coordinating institutes, established on a parity basis and operating according to the procedure established by agreements concluded between members of the Commonwealth which are neither the State nor the supranational education. On 30 December 1991, a provisional agreement on the composition and conduct of the Councils of Heads of State and Government was concluded between the members of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
whereas the strengthening of friendly relations, with deep historical roots, neighbourhood and mutually beneficial cooperation, responds to the radical interests of the people and serves the cause of peace and security; In order to ensure strategic stability and international security, joint command of strategic forces and uniform control of nuclear weapons are maintained; the parties respect the other`s desire to achieve nuclear-weapon-free and/or neutral status. This Agreement may only be modified or supplemented by collective discussion by all parties. With a view to building democratic States governed by the rule of law whose relations will develop on the basis of mutual recognition and respect for sovereign sovereignty and equality, the inalienable right to self-determination, the principles of equality and non-interference in internal affairs, the refusal to use force and the threat of violence, economic and other means, peaceful settlement of disputes, respect for human rights and freedoms, including those of ethnic minorities, equitable respect for obligations and other treaty principles and rules of international law; All disputes shall be settled by the heads of the national water authorities, if necessary with the participation of third parties. . . .