Ukraine bars Russia entry from Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Ukraine has barred Russia’s Eurovision contestant from entering the country because she previously performed in Crimea. Relations between the neighbors have deteriorated since Moscow’s 2014 annexation of the territory.

Ukraine’s security service said Wednesday it had “banned the citizen of the Russian Federation Yulia Samoylova from entering the country for a period of three years.”

A spokeswoman said Samoylova violated Ukrainian laws when she toured Crimea in 2015 without entering the territory via the de-facto border with the Ukrainian mainland.

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