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 Channel One Russia refuses to have Samoylova compete via satellite at Eurovision 2017

Russia's main TV channel has rejected the official proposal of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to allow Yulia Samoylova perform live in Moscow during this year's Eurovision Song Contest hosted by Kyiv.

Censor.NET reports citing Gazeta.ru quoting the channel.

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"We consider the offer of a remote participation to be strange, and reject it as it certainly contradicts the very meaning of the event, whose strict rule is the live performance on the Eurovision stage," the message says.

The channel stressed that the EBU should not invent new rules for the Russian entry.

As previously reported, Yulia Samoylova was selected to represent Russia at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv with the song Flame Is Burning. The singer is known to have given concerts in occupied Crimea.

The foreign minister of Ukraine considers such a decision of the Russian Federation to be yet another provocation. Russia, in turn, claims it sees nothing provocative in choosing Samoylova for taking part in the contest.

On March 20, the Security Service of Ukraine banned Samoylova from entering Ukraine for a period of three years. The European Broadcasting Union said it will continue the dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities to ensure the participation of all artists in the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv in May.
   
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