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Russia sets sights on membership of Cern

Russia is looking to become an associate member of Cern, the European particle physics centre near Geneva.

The country’s intention to become a Cern associate member was confirmed on 8 April by Olga Golodets, Russia’s deputy prime minister. She announced that she had met the Cern leadership board on 5 April to talk about how Russia could contribute more actively to the project’s progress.

“Qualification and knowledge of Russian scientists in physics are recognised by the international community and not disputed,” Golodets said. “It is principally important for Russia to participate in the world’s leading research projects.”

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