Ukraine's official representative, Ambassador to Norway Oleksandr Tsvetkov will not attend the Nobel Prize award ceremony for China's jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo, as Tsvetkov will be in Kyiv on December 10 at a meeting of ambassadors.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry does not see here any political implication, Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Voloshyn told the Ukrayinska Pravda on-line newspaper.
The official website of the Nobel Prize notes that Ukraine along with other 19 states (China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Serbia, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Philippines, Egypt, Sudan, Cuba and Morocco) refused to participate in the award ceremony.
A total of 44 states confirmed their attendance. UKRINFORM