The National Georgian Ballet Suhishvili has refused to appear on stage in the annexed Crimea, according to the company’s post on Facebook.
“Today we have received a letter of offer to give a concert of the National Georgian Ballet Suhishvili in Crimea (Simferopol, Sevastopol). Our ensemble held annual concerts in Crimea from 2007 to 2014, and we are very fond of the Crimean people. However, in connection with the events in Ukraine, the National Ballet of Georgia Suhishvili refuses to tour in Russia, and especially in the Russian-annexed regions. Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Heroes!” the statement says.
It was reported earlier that Russia occupied Crimea in February-March 2014, calling the falsified referendum of March 16 as an expression of Crimeans will to join the Russian Federation. Most of the world has not recognized Crimea as part of Russia. For Ukraine, Crimea remains the temporarily occupied territory.