Eurovision 2017 – As the tensions between Ukraine and Russia rumble on over whether Russia’s selection, Yulia Samoylova is banned from Ukraine, the EBU has sent a letter stating that several other countries are threatening to boycott the contest this year if she is not allowed to perform.
ESCKAZ has published the full text of letter to the Ukraine authorities which is taken from the internet media site KievVlast.
The Director General of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Ingrid Deltenre, has officially notified Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman, on 23rd March that some countries may withdraw, and also said
“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”.
Deltenre also said that a ban on the entry of a Russian participant is regarded as unacceptable and that as a consequence the UA:PBC might be excluded from future events.
Source: Esckaz / KievVlast