Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Viacheslav Kyrylenko told Ukrainian Radio, Censor.NET reports.
"Of course, we are ready to host all 43 participating countries during Eurovision 2017, including a representative of Russia. Russia can handle this situation by offering a participant who has no problems with Ukrainian law. And the issue will be resolved very quickly. At the same time, we do not expect Russia to make such steps, because Eurovision provocation is only a small link in a large-scale chain of provocations and actions aimed to add more fuel to the fire in Ukraine," Kyrylenko said.
As previously reported, Yulia Samoylova was supposed 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.
March 20, the Security Service of Ukraine drafted a ruling to ban the entry into the country for the Russian singer.