Russia for unknown reasons withdrew the application for membership in the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) – the largest nuclear-physical organization in the world. This was reported by the Swiss Arcinfo , the Spanish Deutsche Welle , ” Vesti.ru ” and ” Izvestia ” (the last two – with reference to RIA Novosti).
According to the representative of CERN Arnaud Marsolier, Russia notified of its decision in late 2017. He stressed that the refusal will not affect the “current cooperation” of the parties. The press service of the Ministry of Education and Science has not yet commented on these reports.
Recently, this cooperation [CERN and Russia] has become even closer. The country does not need to be a member or associate member of CERN to make a major contribution to its projects.
Russia since 2012 is in the status of an observer of CERN. The country pays an annual contribution of about $ 8 million and gets the right to vote in the council of the organization. Thanks to this status, Russian citizens have the right to work in the state of CERN.
Russia since 1996 participates in the project of the Large Hadron Collider, which is located on the territory of CERN. In Russia, there are servers for a distributed data processing network from an accelerator.
The European Organization for Nuclear Research was established in 1954, and it includes 20 European countries. Together with Russia, Japan, the United States and India have observer status, while Ukraine, Pakistan, India and Turkey have become associate members. Such a status would allow Russia to send representatives to the governing bodies of the organization and produce equipment for scientific experiments in its country.