Moscow – Moscow on Friday denounced the decision by Eurovision Song Contest organisers to drop Russia from this year’s contest, following a row with hosts Ukraine.

Russia’s state-run Channel One said Thursday it would not broadcast the event, after rejecting proposals for contestant Yulia Samoilova to take part via video link or be replaced, after  Ukraine slapped her with an entry ban over a concert she gave in annexed Crimea.

In response, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) then confirmed Russia “will no longer be able to take part in this year’s competition”.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov lashed out at the organisers for failing to make Kiev accept the Russian performer.

© Channel One /TV/ press service HO Ukraine barred Yulia Samoilov from entering the country after a 2015 performance in Crimea

© Channel One /TV/ press service HO – Ukraine barred Yulia Samoilov from entering the country after a 2015 performance in Crimea