Russia has today withdrawn from the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.
The channel’s official broadcaster, Channel One, which is in charge of Russian participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has withdrawn from competing in this years contest.
The news come after Yulia Samoilova was banned from entering Ukraine for a period of three years by the Ukrainian Security Service.
Russia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 and has gone on to be one of the most successful countries in the contest.
Yulia was banned after it was found she had traveled to Crimea in 2015 and did not use an official Ukrainian border entrance, thus breaching Ukrainian law.
Channel One has been informed by the EBU that they have been unable to resolve the dispute between the Ukrainian Authorities and Channel One over the selection of their singer.
Last month, Rossiya-1 and Channel One said Yulia Samoilova would represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 regardless of the venue with a suggestion they could be streamed into the stadium.
The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest went on to propose that Ukraine only enforce the ban after the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has been held in May.
However Mr Sand’s comments had been followed by statements of disappointment and anger from EBU members at the way the competition is being used for political means by both Ukraine and Russia.
The Eurovision Song Content 2017 airs Saturday, 13 May on BBC One.