Eurovision 2017: UA:PBC ‘EBU should refrain from interfering’

by Michalis Vranis 2,199 views

UA:PBC Supervisory Board said in a statement that the EBU should refrain from interfering in Kyiv’s interior affairs and respect Ukraine’s sovereignty.

As expected there should have been an answer to EBU’s General Director Ingrid Deltenre letter to Ukrainian Prime Minister, in which she suggested that the travel ban issued to the Russian representative would place the future participation of Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest under threat.

According to the Supervisory Board, the EBU’s demand to revoke the travel ban which was issued by the Security Services of Ukraine (SBU), against this year’s Russian representative Julia Samoilova, because she violated the Ukrainian law and performed in Crimea back in 2015.

We call on Ms. Ingrid Deltenre and the European Broadcasting Union to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and refrain from using the European Broadcasting Union as a tool to support some political manipulations, as well as from creating obstacles for conducting the contest this year and in the future by making such statements.

It seems that the story has now reached to a dead end and will either have Russia withdrawing from the competition or Russia suggesting another participant. In the meantime, Julia Samoilova participated in the shooting of her Eurovision postcard.

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