A row has broken out in Italy over an invitation to President Zelensky to address the Sanremo Music Festival, Critics say that it is a mistake to mix a lighthearted song contest with a discussion about war.
The Ukrainian leader is due to deliver a recorded message to the annual televised song contest on February 11. The competition, which has been popular in Russia, has promoted Italian music around the world since it started in 1951, making it the longest-running televised music competition of its kind.
Zelensky is said to have expressed an interest in addressing the audience at the Ariston Theatre in Sanremo, and the international audience of the state broadcaster RAI, when he was interviewed in Kyiv this month by the veteran journalist
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