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Ambassadors of Russia and Belarus excluded from Nobel Prize ceremony

Ambassadors from Russia and Belarus were barred from this year’s Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm due to the war in Ukraine.

The Nobel Foundation, a private foundation that administers the prestigious prizes, normally invites ambassadors stationed in Sweden to the annual awards ceremony on December 10.

“But due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Nobel Foundation chose not to invite the ambassadors of Russia and Belarus to the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm,” she said. Tuesday in a press release.

The foundation also said it would continue its practice of inviting leaders of all parties to the Swedish parliament except the anti-immigration Swedish Democrats.

The group, which has sought to distance itself from its far-right roots, won more than 20% of the vote in Sweden’s September 11 elections to become the country’s second-largest political party and a close partner in the new centre-right government. right.

The Nobel Foundation said it saw no reason to reverse its previous decision to exclude Swedish Democrats, noting that the Nobel Prizes are “based on respect for science, culture, humanism and internationalism”.

The Nobel Prizes are always awarded on December 10, the anniversary of the death of the founder of the Alfred Nobel Prize in 1896.