The Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko has given his first comments on the decision to ban Yulia Samoilova from entering Ukraine.
The Ukrainian President has spoken to the press about the decision by the Ukrainian Security Services to ban Yulia Samoilova from entering Ukraine. Mr Poroshenko stated clearly to the press that visits to Crimea are only legal from the border of the Kherson region into the territory, if a person visits through any other border they are in violation of Ukrainian law.
According to the President the decision of Channel One to select Yulia Samoilova is purely “provocation” by Russia. He stated that everyone is aware of the rules regarding entry to Crimea and that by selecting Yulia they were intending to provoke Ukraine.
Yulia Samoilova was banned from entering Ukraine on March 22 following a decision by the SBU that she had breached Ukrainian law. The EBU responded the following day by suggesting that Yulia could perform remotely in Moscow. The proposal was rejected by Channel One who stated they did not want the rules changed for them, while Ukraine insisted that the proposal would reject existing rules.
The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest has since gone on to propose that Ukraine only enforce the ban after the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has been held in May. Mr Sand’s comments have been followed by statements of disappointment and anger from EBU members at the way the competition is being used for political means by both Ukraine and Russia.
At the end of last week a letter from the Director General of the EBU to the Ukrainian Prime Minister was leaked in the Ukrainian press. Within the letter the Director General stated Ukraine risked being sanctioned by the EBU for the ruling and that a number of countries are considering from withdrawing from this years contest in Ukraine.