Eurovision threatens to ban Ukraine over Russian singer row

Ukraine imposed three-year proscription on Yuliya Samoilova over illegally entering Moscow-annexed Crimea to perform in 2015

The organisers of the Eurovision sung game have threatened to ban Ukraine from future competitors unless it allows Russias entrant to participate the country and take part in this years testify which Kiev is hosting.

Last week Ukraine imposed a three-year proscription on Russian singer Yuliya Samoilova, 27, over illegally entering Moscow-annexed Crimea to perform at a concert in 2015.

The head of the European Broadcasting Union, Ingrid Deltenre, in a latter to be presented to Ukraines prime minister, Volodymyr Groysman, said the ban on the Russian singer invited to participate in next months Eurovision was unacceptable.

As a significance, Ukraines public broadcaster UAPBC might be excluded from future occurrences, Deltenre forewarned the “ministers “.

Eurovisions press office has confirmed the notes authenticity to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

If Kievs ban against Samoilova is not lifted it will definitely have a very big negative impact on Ukraines international reputation as a modern, democratic European commonwealth, told Deltenre.

We are increasingly frustrated, in fact angry, that this years tournament is being used as a tool in the ongoing discord between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, she added.

Russias Channel One on Thursday refused the offer by Eurovision to have Samoilova participating the tournament remotely. We find the offer of remote participate odd and refuse it, for it is going absolutely against the very essence of the occurrence, government officials Russian broadcaster told after Eurovision hinted she could participate via satellite.

The singer has been in a wheelchair since a bad reaction to a vaccine in childhood, according to the biography on her website.

Moscow and Kiev have been at political loggerheads since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 and over Russias subsequent participation in fuelling conflict pitting Ukraine troops against pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country. Practically 10,000 people have been killed since the beginning of a pro-Russian insurgency, which Kiev and the West accuse Moscow of masterminding.

The Eurovision song contest will be held in Kiev on 13 May.

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