Despite kyiv’s warnings, CERN maintains cooperation with Moscow

Despite kyiv’s warnings, CERN maintains cooperation with Moscow
Despite kyiv’s warnings, CERN maintains cooperation with Moscow

Published on June 24, 2024 at 8:37 p.m. / Modified on June 24, 2024 at 8:40 p.m.

Surprise in Geneva and victory for Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The Council of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) finally decided last Friday to renew cooperation with Moscow. At its previous meeting, in June 2023, the supreme authority of the world’s main nuclear research organization declared its intention to end cooperation agreements with Russia and Belarus. Last December, this same body voted for a first resolution to this effect by 17 votes out of 23 member states. The Council finally changed its mind, with only ten countries declaring themselves in favor of cutting ties, most preferring to abstain.

Nearly a thousand Russian and Belarusian scientists collaborate with CERN, half of whom are based in Geneva. A large number of them are linked to the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), based in Dubna, near Moscow, which has observer status on the CERN Council. If the resolution aimed at ending this cooperation between the two organizations has not been adopted, explains Sophie Tesauri, spokesperson for CERN, “the measures concerning the JINR adopted in March 2022 remain in place”. Following the vote on a resolution by the UN General Assembly condemning Russian aggression against Ukraine, the Geneva organization then suspended the participation of CERN scientists in all committees until further notice. scientists from institutes located in the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, and vice versa.

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