May 15, 2017 / 11:19 AM / 6 months ago

Putin says Russia right to boycott Eurovision over Ukraine

BEIJING (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russia was right to boycott this year’s Eurovision song contest because Ukrainian authorities were not up to the job of organising such events.

The logo of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is seen during a ceremony to hand over the Eurovision host city insignia to the Ukrainian capital in Kiev, Ukraine January 31, 2017. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/Files

Russia’s state broadcaster boycotted the contest after Ukraine, the host country, barred entry to the Russian contestant because she had performed in Crimea after the region was annexed by Russia.

Reporting by Denis Dyomkin/Andrey Ostroukh/Christian Lowe; Writing by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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