According to Chubarov, the organizers tried to avoid politicizing the event by making the decision.

“Surely, I’m not happy about the decision, but this is their right. The contest’s organizers are seeking to avoid as many obstacles that may arise due to the competition being politicized by the Kremlin as they can,” Refat Chubarov wrote on his Facebook page.

Rather than blowing the issue out of proportion, Refat Chubarov suggests focusing on supporting Jamala, a Crimean Tatr singer that will represent Ukraine at the upcoming contest.

“I’m urging people of the countries participating in the contest to support Jamala by giving her their votes,” wrote Chubarov.

It was reported earlier that the Crimean Tatar flag was included on the list of flags banned at the Eurovision-2016 due to being non-state one. The list of the banned flags also includes flags of Kosovo, Palestine, Northern Cyprus, Transdniester, as well as the DNR and ISIS