Ukraine says Crimea revisit by Bulgaria’s Eurovision thespian not illegal

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KIEV Ukraine pronounced on Thursday a revisit to Russian-annexed Crimea by Bulgaria’s Eurovision strain foe entrant was apparently not illegal, avoiding a quarrel that competence have led to his suspension and sinister a renouned foe with uninformed domestic controversy.

A video widely common on amicable networks and in Ukrainian media appears to uncover Bulgarian Kristian Kostov singing during a unison on Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula in Jun 2014, 3 months after it was seized by Russia.

Ukraine has already barred Russia’s aspirant from entering a nation since she had achieved in Crimea though accede from Kiev after a annexation.

Forty-two countries are competing this year in Eurovision, an annual manifestation of a colorful, a stay and a cheesy that in new years has increasingly been drawn into politics. Ukraine’s Jamala won final year with a strain about war-time deportations of Crimean Tatars by Soviet tyrant Josef Stalin.

Kostov, who during 17 is a youngest aspirant this year, was holding partial in a second semi-final on Thursday with his strain ‘Beautiful Mess.’ The final takes place in Kiev on Saturday in front of a radio assembly of millions.

Ukraine’s limit use pronounced it and other state confidence agencies had not famous about any revisit by Kostov to Crimea when he entered Ukraine to take partial in a competition. “We will investigate a information,” orator Oleh Slobodyan said.

In a after statement, a limit use said: “We do not now have information from a sources or any other law coercion agencies that he might have visited a assigned peninsula discordant to a legislation of this country.”

It pronounced Kostov would not have damaged Ukrainian law if he visited Crimea as a teenager and before legislation came into force banning foreigners from visiting a annexed domain though accede from Ukrainian authorities.

In a statement, a Bulgarian Eurovision commission reliable that Kostov had visited Crimea “for only a few hours” when he was 14 years aged as partial of a children’s low-pitched group.

There was no evident criticism from Eurovision organisers.

The cast of Crimea contributed to a fall in family between Russia and Ukraine in 2014.

Russian thespian Dima Bilan, who won Eurovision in 2008, urged his 1.9 million Instagram supporters on Thursday to opinion for Kostov. “He represents Bulgaria, though he is a hero!” he pronounced in a post.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Additional stating by Margaryta Chornokondratenko; Tsvetelia Tsolova in Sofia; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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