Ukraine is facing a substantial fine over delays in the organization of May's Eurovision song contest and a decision to ban Russia's representative Yulia Samoylova from entering Ukraine, the European Broadcasting Union said on Thursday, reported Reuters.
The annual song fest was hosted in Kyiv without a hitch, but the run-up to the competition was marred by Moscow's decision to boycott the event after Ukraine barred its entrant because she had performed in Russia-annexed Crimea.
"As a result of this, attention was drawn away from the competition and the brand reputation of the Eurovision Song Contest was endangered," the EBU said in a statement.
"Therefore the contest's steering committee... has recommended that UA:PBC (Ukraine's state broadcaster) should receive a substantial fine, in line with the rules of the competition," it said, without saying how much Ukraine would have to pay.
UA:PBC Director Zurab Alasania said the fine was $228,100 and that the broadcaster would appeal the decision.
"Formally, it wasn't us who made the decision not to allow her (Russian singer Yulia Samoylova), but I don't think that the SBU (State Security Service) or the government will want to take part in this," Alasania told Reuters.