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 Russia refuses broadcasting Eurovision-2017: "Replacing Samoylova with another singer out of question"

Russia’s Channel 1 refused to broadcast Eurovision song contest because of the issue over Russian pick Yuliya Samoylova.

Censor.NET reports citing Dozhd TV channel.

The TV channel's administration reported that they received a letter from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) saying that the contest organizers failed to resolve the issue of Samoylova's participation in the song contest citing the decision of Ukraine's Security Service.

Read more: Russia needed provocation rather than Eurovision, - Poroshenko

"We consider Ukraine's decision to be completely unreasonable. It was definitely caused by the attempt of Ukrainian authorities to politicize the contest aimed at uniting people for 62nd year running. The European Broadcasting Union still offers us the option of Yulia Samoilova's remote participation or her replacement by another contestant. We believe that both options are unacceptable: remote participation discriminates against the Russian participant and is contrary to the rules and principles of the contest. In our opinion, the option of replacing Yuliya Samoilova with another singer is completely out of the question in this situation. Channel 1 considers it impossible to broadcast the Eurovision 2017 so far," the statement reads.

Read more: EBU denies reports on sanctions against Ukraine over Samoylova's entry ban

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 said such a decision of the Russian Federation was yet another provocation. Russia, in turn, claimed it saw nothing provocative in picking Samoylova for the contest.

March 20, the Security Service of Ukraine issued an entry ban against the Russian singer.
 
 
 
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