RUSSIA – Russian national broadcaster, not only rejects the offer for a satellite performance of Yulia Samoilova for at least the second semi final but also attacks the EBU considering them as the only responsible for the situation. In their statement they say:
“The first channel received the official proposal of the EBU, which is that the Russian participant of the Eurovision Song Contest Julia Samoilova performed in the semifinal of the contest via live broadcast from Moscow . In this regard, we consider it necessary to state the following. The first channel acted in full accordance with the rules of “Eurovision” and chose the participant of the contest, which is registered by the EBU and remains the current contestant. Claims against Julia Samoylova from EBU are not present. According to the rules of “Eurovision”, the broadcasting country should provide all participants “the opportunity to obtain an entry visa for the entire period of the event.”
Thus, Yulia Samoilova’s refusal to enter the territory of Ukraine violates the rules of the contest.
“We consider the offer of distance participation strange and refuse it, because it certainly contradicts the very meaning of the event, whose strict rule is the live performance on the stage of “Eurovision”. We believe that the European Broadcasting Union should not invent new rules for the Russian participant in 2017 and is able to hold a competition in accordance with its own rules.”