The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has drafted a document prohibiting the Russian Eurovision participant Yulia Samoilova to enter Ukraine, according to Vasily Gritsak, the Head of the Security Service.
"As of now, the decision to ban her entry has not yet been made, but I'll reveal the secret, a relevant document has already been drafted," Gritsak said.
Gritsak expressed his personal opinion on allowing the Russian singer to enter the territory of Ukraine.
“The law should be single for everyone. She not only visited the Crimea, she also left traces in social networks, where she spoke about Ukraine and the authorities, and the course taken for Euro-Atlantic integration. My position is clear. I think she should not come to Ukraine," he stated.
The Russian singer Yulia Samoilova sees no reason to ban her from entering Ukraine over the speech in the occupied Crimea.
The participant from Russia at Eurovision in her interview on March 16 compared her visit to the annexed Crimea with tours to any provincial Russian city. She noted that she was preparing for the competition in the usual way as she had not received any notifications from the law enforcement bodies of Ukraine about the ban on entering the country.
Earlier, the director of the Eurovision Song Contest-2017, Jon Ola Sand, noted that the Ukrainian authorities can decide, under the current legislation, on admission contestant from Russia Yulia Samoilova to the Eurovision-2017.
Russia expressed the desire to send the 27-year-old singer Yulia Samoilova to the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. The singer is a first group disabled and moves on a wheelchair. As it turned out, earlier Samoilova had violated the law of Ukraine, having performed in Crimea after its occupation by Russia.
The Ukrainian Security Service SBU informed that the issue of the Russian participant entering the contest in Ukraine would be resolved in the near future.