Ukraine bans Russian Eurovision contestant from entry

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Ukrainian officials have given a three-year ban from entering Ukraine to the Russian singer Julia Samoylova who was chosen to represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv this spring, because Samoylova had performed at the Crimea, the territory Ukrainians believe to had been annexed by Russia illegally, although Russians believe this area to be their by law. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which founded Eurovision, said it was ‘deeply disappointed’ by the news. ‘We have to respect the local laws of the host country, however we are deeply disappointed in this decision as we feel it goes against both the spirit of the contest and the notion of inclusivity that lies at the heart of its values,’ it said in a statement ‘We will continue a dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities with the aim of ensuring that all artists can perform at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest.’ Senior Russian politician Frants Klintsevich was quoted by Ria-Novosti as saying Russia would boycott Eurovision contests if organizers failed to stand up for the singer..

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