Russia won't broadcast 2017 Eurovision – Russian media
Russia's Channel One has decided to cancel the broadcast of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in light of the entry ban issued by the Ukrainian authorities against Russian contestant Yulia Samoilova, according to the Russian news agency TASS.
"Channel One does not consider it possible to broadcast the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest," the channel's press service said in a statement, TASS reported.
The channel accuses the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) of the failure to solve the issue concerning Samoilova's participation in the contest.
What is more, it is "not ready to consider the possibility of replacing Yulia Samoilova with another contestant."
Ukraine provides equal opportunities for all Eurovision participants, but they must respect law – MFAOn March 22, Ukraine's SBU Security Service issued a three-year entry ban against Samoilova, citing her performance at a festival dubbed "A World of Sports and Kindness" held in Crimea on June 27, 2015. Ukraine's authorities say that by performing in Crimea, Samoilova violated the Ukrainian government's regulation dated June 4, 2015, which stipulates that foreign citizens should enter Crimea by crossing the administrative border with mainland Ukraine.