Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this morning, SVT became the first network to officially remark on whether Russia should be permitted to participate in Eurovision 2022.
“The EBU needs to rethink. I sympathise with the basic idea of Eurovision as an apolitical event. But the situation in Europe is extremely serious, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It crosses all boundaries. We have called on the EBU to change and will follow developments closely.”
THE FIRST EBU RESPONSE
In the meantime, we at oikotimes team, contacted the EUROPEAN BROADCASTING UNION for a response to the current situation. Of course, the EBU, neutral as always, was kind enough to reply with a short but sufficient (maybe for now).
“The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political cultural event which unites nations and celebrates diversity through music. The EBU’s public broadcaster Members in both Russia and Ukraine have committed to participating in this year’s event in Turin and we are currently planning to welcome artists from both countries to perform in May. We of course will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
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