Organisers of the international singing contest have taken decisive action against Russia in the wake of the invasion of Ukraine.
Russia has been banned from competing in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest due to its recent invasion of Ukraine, the NY Post reports.
The European Broadcasting Union, which organises Eurovision, announced Russia’s disqualification in a statement on Friday.
“The decision reflects concern that, in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry in this year’s contest would bring the competition into disrepute,” the EBU wrote.
“We remain dedicated to protecting the values of a cultural competition which promotes international exchange and understanding, brings audiences together, celebrates diversity through music and unites Europe on one stage.”
Eurovision will hold its 66th annual competition in Turin, Italy, starting May 10. Ukraine will be represented by Kalush Orchestra in the contest.