Ingrid Deltenre, the Director General of European Broadcasting Union (EBU), has expressed dissatisfaction with the decision to prohibit participation of Russia’s representative Yuliya Samoylova, according to Swiss Blick agency.
According to EBU leader, the ban on Samoylova’s entry is unacceptable. She condemns the use of contest in political aims.
"Eurovision contest is directed at unifying people and bring them happiness, but not to set people one against the other," Deltenre claimed.
She has also noted that if the incident is not solved in the near future, Eurovision organizers do not exclude sanctions against Ukraine.
"If the decision is not taken in nearest weeks, Ukraine may be temporarily excluded from participation in current contest," Director General added.
As it was reported earlier today, Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) prohibited entry of Russian artist Yuliya Samoylova for three years. Russia chose 27-year-old singer Yuliya Samoylova to represent the country at Eurovision 2017 in Ukraine. The artist has group 1 disability since childhood and is wheelchair-bound.