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Eurovision committee assumes Russia is not interested in participation in contest
15:42, 27 March 2017
Eurovision committee assumes Russia is not interested in participation in contest

Head of the organizing committee noted that even before the Ukrainian SBU decided to ban the entry of Russian candidate to Ukraine, Moscow, unlike others, did not reserve places to stay for its team

15:42, 27 March 2017

RIA news

The Eurovision organizing committee assumes that Russia is not interested in Yulia Samoylova's participation in the contest. This was stated by the head of the organizing committee Frank-Dieter Freiling in an interview with the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel.

Freiling noted that even before the Ukrainian SBU decided to ban the entry of Russian candidate to Ukraine, Moscow, unlike others, did not reserve places to stay for its team.

"For its part, Russia should clearly indicate that participation in the form in which we make it possible will be accepted," Freiling said.

It is also reported that the Eurovision organizing committee is ready to defend Russia's right to participate in the contest.

"From the very beginning, we made it clear that we expect all the performers who passed the competitive selection to be able to participate, and if the decision to ban the entry of the Russian candidate remains in force, the EBU will try to ensure that Russia still can participate," said Freiling.

He added that official notification from the Ukrainian authorities has not yet been received.

Also the head of the organizing committee commented on the rumors about the new Russian candidate.

"Let's wait for Ukraine to make a final decision in this respect," Freiling said, noting that after that further actions will be discussed.

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