MOSCOW, 16 September (BelTA) – The Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) has expressed support for peace and concord in Belarus, BelTA has learned.
“We believe that it is important to preserve peace and concord in Belarus that is historically linked with Russia. We wish the Belarusian nation to arrive at the political consensus as soon as possible,” the academy noted in its message.
The RAS stressed that the situation in Belarus is in the center of attention of all Russians and is widely discussed among the academia. “Members of the academia have voiced various opinions regarding the ongoing events in brotherly Belarus. The RAS Presidium believes that they have the right to express their own stance regarding the post-election events in the Republic of Belarus. However, civil position of some members of the academy may differ from the RAS position as a national academy of sciences which is a non-political organization and is responsible for the national science and scientific policy of the country,” the message reads.
The RAS Presidium stressed the special importance and necessity of cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB). “Our academies are reliable partners that discuss, prepare, and implement large-scale research, socio-economic, and infrastructure projects aimed not only at advancing the integration within the Union State [of Belarus and Russia], but also at intensifying cooperation in science and technology within the International Association of the Academies of Sciences that was set up with active involvement of the NASB and the united academy of sciences of 16 countries,” the message says. “The RAS Presidium will put in the necessary effort to preserve and strengthen the traditional scientific ties between the Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus,” the RAS Presidium added.