The Massachusetts Institute of Technology said that “we took this step with great regret, which reflects respect for the Russian people.”

The leadership of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has decided to terminate its partnership with the Russian Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) due to the events in Ukraine. This was announced on Saturday by the official MIT portal.

“On Friday, February 25, the MIT leadership officially notified its partners in Skoltech that the American university is terminating partnerships within the MIT Skoltech program. We took this step with great regret, which reflects our respect for the Russian people and for the contribution of Russian colleagues to our joint research,” the message reads.

Skoltech is a Russian non-governmental scientific and educational institution, which was established in 2011 with the participation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. When creating Skoltech, Russian and American universities signed an agreement on cooperation with MIT Skoltech, under which the parties agreed to conduct joint research projects, scientific conferences, as well as regularly exchange personnel, students and graduate students. Two years ago, the cooperation agreement was extended for another five years.

“This decision will directly affect the work of the heads of research projects that are currently being conducted jointly with Skoltech, as well as the education and life of their students. MIT maintains constant communication with these researchers and students and makes every effort to ensure that their research and training continue,” MIT noted.