By Chris Harris
A compromise aimed at defusing a row between Russia and Ukraine over this year’s Eurovision contest has been rejected.
Ukraine, who will host the singing contest in May, banned Russia’s contestant over a visit she made to Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which founded Eurovision, said Yulia Samoilova could instead perform via satellite.
But this olive branch has now been rejected by Russian television channel Pervyi Kanal.
“We find it strange the offer to participate remotely and we refuse because it goes against the essence of the event,” said Pervyi Kanal, according to AFP.
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