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Atom-smashing CERN to ‘terminate’ work with Russia, Belarus


Aerial view of the CERN. Credit: CERN

The science lab that is home to the world’s largest nuclear destroyer says it plans to end all cooperation with Russia and Belarus over their role in the war in Ukraine.

The announcement was made Friday, a day after CERN’s board of directors made the decision.

In March, CERN suspended cooperation with the two countries over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, including the passage of Russian troops through Belarus before their February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

“Yesterday’s council decision reaffirms the strong condemnation of the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine with Belarus’ assistance, while leaving the door ajar for further scientific cooperation if future conditions permit,” it said. CERN Director General Fabiola Gianotti in a statement.

The scientific organization said the council plans to terminate CERN’s cooperation agreements with Belarus and Russia when they expire in June and December 2024, respectively. CERN said it would monitor developments in Ukraine and remains willing to take additional steps where necessary.

Such agreements typically run for five years and are generally renewable unless one or both parties have been formally notified in advance.

CERN, the historic acronym for what is now the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has struggled with its response to the invasion because nearly 7% of its 18,000 researchers from around the world had ties to Russian institutions before the war broke out.

The announcement comes as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, is about to launch its third run this summer.

The machine propels particles through an underground, 27-kilometer-long ring of superconducting magnets in and around Geneva, generating science that can help uncover mysteries such as dark matter or the Standard Model of particle physics. Russian scientists have been involved in planning multiple experiments.

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