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Russia banned from Eurovision after invading Ukraine

Russia will no longer operate in 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, European Broadcasting Union announced.

On Thursday (February 24), The organizers of the annual contest announced that they have no plans to prevent Russia from participating in this year’s event, despite being urged by Ukrainepublic broadcaster about their country’s ongoing invasion.

However, on Friday (February 25), the EBU stepped back and explained that Russia would no longer be allowed to compete.

“The EBU has announced that no Russian action will be taking part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest,” the announcement read.

The group said that it had “consulted extensively” with its members on the matter and had made its decision based on “a recommendation earlier today by the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest”. “.

“The decision reflects the concern that, in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry in this year’s Competition would cause disarray in the contest.”

In their initial statement, the EBU said it would not ban Russia because Eurovision is “a non-political cultural event that unites nations and celebrates diversity through music”.

The statement was met with fierce criticism from Eurovision fans and public figures.

Many countries later urges EBU to ban Russiawith Dutch broadcaster Avrotos, co-host of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, supporting Ukraine in urging EBU review.

Russia has yet to announce its action for Eurovision 2022.

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Tom Vazquez

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