The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) does not rule out Russia’s suspension from participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018, but the decision can be made only after the song contest in Kiev in May.
This was stated by official representative of the EBU David Goodman.
When he was asked whether he can confirm the media’s information about the possible suspension of Russia from the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018 because of the refusal of Russia’s First TV Channel to broadcast the 2017 contest, he said that “right now the EBU’s focus is on this year’s contest.”
“Any decision on actions that may or may not be taken around this situation will only be taken after the event itself,” he added.
Previously, the media reported that the refusal of the First TV Channel from the broadcasting of the Eurovision-2017 may lead to the disqualification of Russia for the next year.
In 2017 Russia was supposed to be represented by singer Yulia Samoilova. However, on March 22nd it became known that the Security Service of Ukraine banned her entry into the country for 3 years for singing at a concert in the Crimea in 2015. Because of this, the First TV Channel decided to refuse to broadcast the Eurovision-2017.
The final of this year’s competition is scheduled for May 13th.