'Assad the bloody, Assad the worst. Give me the prize, so we can host'
The official representative of Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova has suggested that a song about Syrian President Bashar Assad be performed at Eurovision next year. Here are her comments on the contest that just finished in Stockholm with the triumph of the Ukrainian singer Jamala:
“I think someone ought to sing a song about Assad next year”, - she posted on Facebook. The diplomat even made up a chorus for the potential song: "Assad the bloody, Assad the worst. Give me the prize, so we can host".
According to Eurovision, the contest will be hosted in 2017 by the country that won this year. Jamala won for the Ukraine with the song ‘1944’ dedicated to Stalin's deportation of the Crimean Tatars.
Zakharova also posted that western journalists were calling her asking: “Why does Russia think the song of the Ukrainian participant was political?"
“It’s not just Russia that thinks that! Here are the tweets of the Foreign Minister of Sweden, who appears to care about this problem as well”,
- Zakharova wrote, posting the message of Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on Twitter as an example:
“We must remember the fate of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 and onwards. Congrats Jamala!”
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