Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized the Eurovision Song Contest and EBU’s decision for banning the Belarusian entry from the upcoming contest in Rotterdam.
Organizers of the contest disqualified Belarus from the contest last week after deeming their songs too political.
Speaking in Thursday’s televised comments, Lavrov called the decision “disgusting” and “pure censorship”.
The decision to ban Belarus from the Eurovision Song Contest was really disgusting. An act of clear censorship!
The first song submitted to the contest called “I’ll teach you” allegedly mocked protesters who disputed the results of the Presidential elections last summer.
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said the country would submit another song, but the organizers said the replacement was also breaching the rules and that Belarus would be disqualified.
Armenia’s withdrawal due to the Nagorno-Karabakh war and the blockade of Belarus reduced the number of countries participating in this year’s competition from 41 to 39, while proving beyond doubt that those who believe that politics has nothing to do with the contest, are watching something different.
Listen to the song that would represent Belarus at Eurovision 2021 below:
Do you agree with Sergey Lavrov or do you consider the exclusion of Belarus fair?