Boris Johnson says he hopes next year’s Eurovision can be held in Ukraine | Politics News

Boris Johnson has said he hopes Ukraine will be able to host next year’s Eurovision song contest, after the country was ruled out due to the war with Russia.

Ukraine won this year’s contest, but the event’s organisers said the 2023 edition could not go ahead in the war-torn country, with the UK being considered as a possible host.

But speaking to reporters at RAF Brize Norton after returning from an unannounced visit to Kyiv, the prime minister said he hoped the contest could go ahead in Ukraine.

He said: “The Ukrainians won the Eurovision Song Contest. I know we had a fantastic entry, I know we came second and I’d love it to be in this country.

“But the fact is that they won and they deserve to have it. I believe that they can have it and I believe that they should have it.

“I believe the Kyiv or any other safe Ukrainian city would be a fantastic place to have it.”

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Sam Ryder came in second

Mr Johnson said that Kyiv appeared “far more lively” than it had been.

“I have just been to Kyiv. I won’t say it is completely jiving and buzzing and popping but it is far, far more lively.

“People are much more confident. People are out in the streets eating in cafes and restaurants in a way that they weren’t a even few weeks ago,” he said.

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