LONDON – The European Broadcasting Union states that Russia will not be allowed to participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
The union said in a statement on Friday that, given the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of Russian participation would lead the competition to a “bad reputation”.
“EBU is an apolitical broadcaster that seeks to uphold the values of public service,” the union said in a statement on Twitter. “We remain committed to defending the values of cultural competition, which promotes international exchange and mutual understanding, brings audiences closer, celebrates diversity through music and unites Europe on one stage.”
This year’s final will be held in Turin, Italy on May 14.
Russia has not yet announced its participation in the bright competition.
Ukraine will be represented by the Kalush Orchestra, which organizers describe as a “hip-hop band that loves folk.”
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