The Ukrainian authorities can decide themselves, within the current legislation, on admission contestant from Russia Yulia Samoilova to the Eurovision-2017, the director of the song contest Jon Ola Sand said at a press conference in Kyiv, according to ZN.UA.
“We fully respect and understand the laws of Ukraine, but we at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) do not have any objections to the Russian delegation and we do not see any violations on their part. We want all countries to participate, but this should be a decision of the Ukrainian authorities, and we will respect it.”
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.