“First Channel” refused to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest, the Kremlin expressed regret that the organizers of the contest could not insist on compliance with their own rules, and experts interviewed by RIA Novosti believe that the CIS countries should express solidarity with Russia by publicly expressing their position on non-admission Kiev to the contest of Julia Samoilova.
Eurovision organizer accused Russia of creating negative around the contest
Earlier, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said that Russia will not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, as it refused to offer the alternatives after Ukraine refused to let Samoilov into the country. EBU offered Russia either to broadcast the contest via satellite, or to change the contestant. The Russian “First Channel” stated that they consider these options unacceptable and in the current situation does not consider it possible to broadcast the contest.
This year, Russia was to be represented by Julia Samoilova on the popular song contest with a song about the love of Flame Is Burning. The Security Service of Ukraine banned her from entering the country for three years because of her speech in the Crimea.
The press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov expressed regret on Friday that the organizers of the Eurovision were unable to compel Ukraine to comply with the rules of the contest.