Nobel Foundation decides to refuse to invite ambassadors of Russia, Belarus and Iran to the award ceremony
The Nobel Foundation withdraws invitations for the ambassadors of Russia, Belarus and Iran to the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm after a wave of criticism.
The statement reads: "The decision to invite all ambassadors to the ceremony has provoked a strong reaction." However, all diplomats will be invited to the ceremony in Oslo. The Nobel Foundation emphasized the importance of spreading the values and ideas that the Nobel Prize represents, recalling that last year the Peace Prize was awarded to human rights defenders from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. However, they noted that the strong reaction in Sweden influenced the decision to invite them.
Earlier, the Nobel Foundation announced on its website that diplomats of all states accredited in Sweden, including the ambassadors of Russia, Belarus and Iran, were invited to the ceremony.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the foundation's decision to invite Russian and Belarusian diplomats, given the war waged by Russia against Ukraine.
In addition, several Swedish politicians have already announced that they will boycott the Nobel Prize banquet because of the invitation of the Russian ambassador.
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