The organizers of “Eurovision” unable to penalize Russia and Ukraine for violation of the rules of the song contest. In an interview with German ZDF television said the head of the organizing Committee of the event Frank-Dieter Freiling.
“From the point of view of Ukrainian law situation [the non-admission of Russian participants] are clear, but from the point of view of the European broadcasting Union (EBU) is a violation of the Charter,” said Frayling.
He explained that Kiev was obliged to ensure the participation in the competition all members of the EBU, which is Russia. As for the Russian side, it can also be punished, because they did not participate in various mandatory meetings in Kiev during the preparation of the competition, which also broke the rules, added Frayling.
“Will there be sanctions on Ukraine and Russia? Yes, because we have rules,” — said Frayling. What punishment awaits Moscow and Kiev, he said: the question will be solved at session of organizing Committee on 12 June. Among the options provided for in the statutes of the EBU, fines, loss of sponsorship and exclusion from participation in the contest for a period of three years.
As Eurovision has become a platform for disagreement
The press service of the EBU to a request about a possible punishment for Russia and Ukraine said: “This is normal procedure if you find that any broadcaster has violated the rules of the contest, it will be discussed by the steering Committee of the contest, the reference group of the song contest “Eurovision song contest” (ESC). After the contest in may we will make a decision about whether you will need to take further steps [against Russia and Ukraine]”.
On 22 March the security Service of Ukraine (SBU) banned Russian singer Yulia Samoilova to enter the country, arguing that it violated Ukrainian legislation, having acted in the Crimea in 2015.
EBU proposed to broadcast a speech Samoilova via video link, but “the First channel” has rejected this idea. Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Vyacheslav Kirilenko, commenting on the initiative, stated that such a method also would be a violation of the Ukrainian laws, as the country has prohibited touring and shows with the participation of persona non grata.
April 13, First channel refused to broadcast the Eurovision song contest. The final will be held in Kyiv on may 13.