UKRAINE – Ukrainian national broadcaster’s turn now after Russian Channel One and EBU statements yesterday one rate Russian withdrawal from the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
UA:PBC, as the host broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, had officially informed the European Broadcasting Union about the ban imposed by the Security Service of Ukraine on the representative of Russian Federation Yulia Samoylova for the entrance to the territory of Ukraine.
Respecting the desire of EBU to ensure the participation in the Song Contest of representatives of all 43 countries, supporting the traditional spirit of Eurovision, the Ukrainian side had repeatedly invited the Russian Federation to send to Kyiv a participant who did not violate Ukrainian legislation. However, Russian side left its decision unchanged.
The refusal of the Channel One (Russia) to broadcast Eurovision proves that despite the declared respect for the fundamental values of the Eurovision, the key ones being mutual respect and apoliticality, the Russian side’s goal always was not to participate in the contest, but to create a negative atmosphere around the preparation and organisation of the event.
UA:PBC, in close cooperation with the EBU, continues to actively prepare for the Eurovision 2017.
In just a few weeks, Ukraine will welcome the guests and fans of the contest in Kyiv and create an unforgettable celebration of music and all-European cultural values for everyone.