The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the rights holder of the Eurovision song contest intends to fine Ukraine due to the not providing the participation in Eurovision for Russian singer Julia Samoylova. The National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA: PBC) announced the official attitude towards the possible sanctions. The press service of the UA: PBC reported this.
'The decision to ban Julia Samoylova from entry to the Ukrainian territory for three years was made by the Security Service of Ukraine according to the proved fact of the illegal entrance of singer to occupied Crimea. UA: PBC reports that it strictly sticks to the Ukrainian legislation and implements the decisions of the authorized body of the government and does not find possible to break the law on any excuse. The Eurovision as any international contest cannot be the exception or justification for breaking of the law of countries-members of the contest', the message reports.
Moreover, UA: PBC emphasizes that the public broadcaster is not the body that controls the borders or influences the legislation of Ukraine.
'The issue of the rules of the crossing of the border and proper sanctions for its non-observance is not the responsibility of the UA: PBC. Taking into account everything mentioned the sanctions against UA: PBC are groundless. UA: PBC will appeal them according to the rules acting in EBU and EBU Regulations', UA: PBC noted.
Moreover, UA: PBC as the organizer and broadcaster of the Eurovision-2017 bended every effort to hold the International Song Contest in Kyiv successfully.
'The quality of the Eurovision-2017 organizations was highly appraised not only by the countries-members and the audience but also but EBU', the UA: PBC noted.
The SBU decided to ban the Russian singer Julia Samoylova from entry to Ukraine for 3 years. She was picked to participate in Eurovision-2017. However, she performed in occupied Crimea and became the non-grant person. The Eurovision-2017 took place without the representative of Russia.
Earlier, the Vice Premier Minister of Ukraine Vyacheslav Kyrylenko claimed that Russia can participate in Eurovision if it offers the singer who does not have the problems with the Ukrainian legislation. He also rejected the idea of participation of Samoylova via video communication.