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Ukraine Confirms Image of Regime Infected With Russophobia - Moscow

© Sputnik / Kirill Kallinikov / Go to the photo bankRussian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova at a briefing
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova at a briefing - Sputnik International
Kiev confirmed the image of a regime infected with Russophobia by banning Russian singer Yulia Samoilova entry to Ukraine to take part in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — It said Kiev's move showed its true attitude toward the so-called European values.

Supporters wave flags ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Grand Final in Copenhagen, Denmark, on May 10, 2014 - Sputnik International
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"The current Ukrainian authorities have once again confirmed their image of a regime infected with Russophobian paranoia and nationalistic complexes," the statement said.

The ministry said it expected the European Broadcasting Union and its partners in Europe to react to Kiev's entry ban for the Russian participant.

Earlier in the day, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) banned entry to the country for three years for Yulia Samoilova, citing the alleged "violation by her of the Ukrainian legislation."

The Russian singer visited Crimea in 2015 with a concert without obtaining a permit from the Ukrainian authorities. In accordance with the country's law, Ukraine may ban entry for foreigners who had visited post-referendum Crimea without a permit from Kiev.

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