Director General of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Ingrid Deltenre notified Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman about the intention of many members of Eurovision-2017 song contest to withdraw from the event due to the current situation with Russia’s participant Yuliya Samoylova, who was banned entry to the country by Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) for three years. This was reported in the Deltenre’s letter, published on oikotimes.com website.
The letter is dated March 23, a day after SBU’s decision was announced.
“Should this ban be confirmed by your office, it would certainly have a very big negative impact on Ukraine’s international reputation as a modern, democratic European nation. Needless to say that we are also very concerned for the damage this will inflict on the Eurovision Song Contest and the European Broadcasting Union. The current situation is causing anger amongst our Members – European Broadcasters across Europe – and we have received communication from a number of them criticizing the decision and considering to withdraw from the event," Ingrid Deltenre states in the letter, according to the publication.1
EBU Director General also informed that none of the countries were blocking participation in the contest earlier, and such prohibition for Russia’s representative is considered unacceptable.
Deltenre asked the Prime Minister to solve the issue and confirm that Samoylova will participate in this year’s event under the same conditions as the other 42 delegations.
It is noteworthy that none of the EBU members publicly announced their intention to withdraw from the song contest in response to Ukraine’s decision.