The Axis Pact between Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
The Governments of Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics consider it the prerequisite of a lasting peace that they shall receive the space to which they are entitled. They have, therefore, decided to stand by and cooperate with one another in their efforts in the regions of Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, as well as, North and South America. In doing this it is their prime purpose to establish and maintain a new order of things, calculated to promote the mutual prosperity and welfare of the peoples concerned. It is, furthermore, the desire of the two Governments to extend cooperation to nations in other spheres of the world that are inclined to direct their efforts along lines similar to their own for the purpose of realizing their ultimate object, world peace. Accordingly, the Governments of Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics have agreed as follows:
ARTICLE 1. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics recognizes and respects the leadership of Germany in the establishment of a new order in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Southernmost South America and Eastern North America.
ARTICLE 2. Germany recognizes and respects the leadership of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in the establishment of a new order in Asia, Oceania, Northernmost South America, and Western North America.
ARTICLE 3. Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics agree to cooperate in their efforts on aforesaid lines. They further undertake to assist one another with all political, economic and military means if one of the Contracting Powers is attacked by a Power at present not involved in the European War.
ARTICLE 4. With a view to implementing the present pact, joint technical commissions, to be appointed by the respective Governments of Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, will meet without delay.
ARTICLE 5. Germany and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics affirm that the above agreement affects in no way the political status existing at present between the two Contracting Powers.
ARTICLE 6. The present pact shall become valid immediately upon signature and shall remain in force ten years from the date on which it becomes effective. In due time, before the expiration of said term, the High Contracting Parties shall, at the request of any one of them, enter into negotiations for its renewal.