Eurovision dropped over Ukraine singer ban

Eurovision dropped over Ukraine singer ban

MOSCOW — Russia’s main state television channel said on Thursday it was dropping the Eurovision Song Contest from its schedules after Ukraine banned its performer from entering the country to take part. “Channel One considers the refusal by Ukraine absolutely groundless. It is an attempt by Ukraine to politicise the competition,” a newsreader announced in its evening bulletin. Kiev slapped an entry ban on Russia’s 27-year-old entrant Yulia Samoilova for performing a concert on the Crimea peninsula in 2015 after it was annexed from Ukraine by Russia. — AFP

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