Demanding from Ukraine to breach its own law in favor of Russia is unacceptable and unprecedented. This was the commentary of Vyachelsav Kyrylenko, Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister, when the press asked him about possible sanctions by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Recently, the authority assumed it could impose sanctions on Ukraine - due to its decision to ban entry for Russian contestant Yulia Samoylova.
‘Russia can participate in Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv, but they should send someone who never broke the Ukrainian law. I gather, any member country of the EBU – France, Germany, the UK or Poland, - would make the same decision. But demanding from Ukraine to breach its own law – and the international law – in favor of Russia is unacceptable and unprecedented. The Russian participant, Yulia Samoylova, violated the Ukrainian law by performing in the annexed Crimea. When it comes to Crimea, Ukraine strictly abides by decisions of all international organizations, none of which recognized the annexation of Crimea. This is why we not only protect our law, but also comply with the international law,’ he said.
Kyrylenko added that if Russia chooses another participant to represent this country at this year’s Eurovision, Ukraine will see to it that the contestant enjoys his or her accommodation and security level. ‘Otherwise, Ukraine will only host Eurovision for 42 countries (without Russia, - 112 International),’ he said.