The Republic of Azerbaijan is a State party to several international military-political agreements on arms control and confidence and security-building measures, such as the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe and the Vienna Document on Confidence and Security Building Measures. Our country fulfills its commitments within the framework of these agreements. In order to ensure the confidence and transparency, the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan takes part in annual information exchange and hosts inspections based on the information provided to the participating States.
Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE Treaty) – was signed between 22 NATO and the Warsaw Pact countries on November 19, 1990. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union the numbers of States Parties have increased to 30. The Treaty entered into force on November 9, 1992. The National Assembly of the Republic of Azerbaijan ratified the CFE Treaty on May 31, 1992. The CFE Treaty consists of seven protocols. According to its provisions, State Parties have obligations relating to limitation of the following five categories of conventional armaments: battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, artillery systems with the caliber of 100 mm and above, combat aircrafts and attack helicopters. In accordance with the obligations of the Treaty, each State Party commits itself to reduce and then maintain certain numbers of armaments in five categories. Different States Parties have been carried out 119 inspections within the framework of the CFE Treaty in the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan as of January 2017.
The Vienna Document on Confidence and Security Building Measures (VD) - was adopted within the CSCE (OSCE) framework on November 17, 1990. VD has been developed and adopted in new versions by the participating States in 1992, 1994, 1999 and 2011 accordingly. All OSCE 57 participating States are parties to this document. The VD consists of 12 chapters and according to the provisions of this Document, each participating State may conduct "specified area" inspections in order to check presence of any military activities, required to be notified in the territory of other Participating State. Each State Party can host three inspections per year. Every year Armed Forces of Azerbaijan receive three such inspections. Reports on conducted inspections have to be distributed among all participating States via OSCE communication network not later than 14 days after such inspection. In addition, once a year within the framework of the VD an "evaluation" visit is conducted in the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The purpose of such visit is to check any military unit’s location and its major equipment notified in the annual information exchange. The visit may not be conducted in a case of "force majeure". Since the membership of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the OSCE, the participating States conducted 61 times "specified area" inspections and 29 times "evaluation" visits in our Armed Forces until January 2017.