CERN Council decides to conclude cooperation with Russia and Belarus in 2024

17 December 2023

Following a decision taken by the CERN Council today, the Organization’s cooperation with the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus will conclude at the expiry in 2024 of the International Cooperation Agreements (ICAs) with the two countries. This decision was taken following the Council’s June 2022 decisions.

International Cooperation Agreements with the Organization normally run for five years, and are tacitly renewed for the same period unless written notice is provided by one party to the other at least six months prior to expiration.

CERN council meeting, december 2023

The cooperation will come to an end on 27 June 2024 for the Republic of Belarus and on 30 November 2024 for the Russian Federation. All relations between CERN and Russian and Belarusian institutions will cease as of these dates. Relations continue with scientists of Russian or Belarusian nationality otherwise affiliated with CERN.

The Council reaffirmed that all the decisions it has taken to date in light of the ongoing military invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation with the involvement of the Republic of Belarus, along with the actions undertaken by the CERN Management, remain in force. These include measures adopted at the extraordinary meeting of the Council on 8 March 2022, and at the Council’s regular meetings on 25 March 2022 and 16 June 2022.

The full text of the Council’s resolutions can be found here