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Kremlin comments on Kiev's intention to filter Eurovision participants from Russia

May 16, 12:23 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says the rules of selecting participants of Eurovision are general for all countries and Ukraine that will host the song contest in 2017 has to follow them
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Ukraine’s  singer Jamala

Ukraine’s singer Jamala

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MOSCOW, May 16. /TASS/. The rules of selecting participants of Eurovision are general for all countries and Ukraine that will host the song contest in 2017 will have to follow them, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS on Monday.

"Eurovision is an international contest and the hosting side should follow the Eurovision rules," Peskov said when asked to comment on Kiev’s statement on plans to "filter" participants from Russia.

"All the rest is in their competence," he said.

Speaking on whether Russia should skip Eurovision on Ukraine’s territory, Peskov said: "It is early to rattle a sabre!"

Ukraine’s Jamala won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with the song called "1944" and the next competition will be held in Ukraine. Russia’s Sergey Lazarev who sang the song "You Are the Only One" came third.

Ukrainian MP Anton Geraschenko said in an interview with "Govorit Moskva" radio station shortly after the contest that the representatives of Russia who voice their support "for Russia’s aggression against Ukraine" will not be able to perform at the next year’s contest. Only those singers who do not support Crimea’s reunification with Russia will be able to take part in the song competition, he said.

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