Lithuania has banned Russian singer Philip Kirkorov from entering the country for five years to justify the occupation of Crimea.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Lithuania informs about it.
The ministry said that the migration department, at the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, added the singer for five years to the list of unwanted persons in Lithuania.
The ban on entering Lithuania for Kirkorov comes into force on Tuesday, January 19.
“ Those who publicly justify the occupation of Crimea should not be tolerated in any democratic state,” said Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite.
According to him, they have “an unequivocal position on the issue of such performers.”
“ Therefore, there were no doubts about Kirkorov’s inclusion in the list of persons undesirable in Lithuania,” Bilotaite said.
On January 18, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania proposed to add Russian singer Philip Kirkorov to the blacklist of those who are not allowed to enter.
In the submission of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielus Landsbergis, it is said that Kirkorov, with his repeated visits to the occupied Crimea, ” deliberately denied the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and thus illegally justified the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation.”