Kristian Kostov will remain eligible to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, after reports emerged of a visit to Crimea.
The Ukrainian Security Services have confirmed that Kristian Kostov did not breach Ukrainian law by visiting Crimea in June of 2014. Reports emerged this morning ahead of this evening’s second semi-final that Kristian Kostov this years Bulgarian singer had visited Crimea in June of 2014 as part of the Voice Kids Russia.
A spokesperson for the Border Service of Ukraine has explained that:
- By the time that Kristian Kostov had entered Ukraine the SBU and Border Service were unaware of the Bulgarian singer visiting Crimea.
- When Kristian visited Crimea he was 14 years old and as a minor he could not make decisions by himself, the decision was taken by an accompanying adult.
- The law that saw Yulia Samoilova banned from this years contest did not come into force until late 2014, as a result he did not break the law.