21 September 2017
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Eurovision organizers preparing sanctions against Ukraine – National TV Company head

Director General of the National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU) Zurab Alasania says the organizers of the Eurovision Song Contest are preparing sanctions against Ukraine for not allowing a Russian singer who violated Ukrainian laws when performing in the city of Kerch in occupied Crimea to participate in the contest.

"The morning started with not very pleasant news for the UA: PBC [Public Broadcaster of Ukraine]. It seems we will be sanctioned for non-admission of the Russian singer Yulia Samoilova to participate in the 2017 Eurovision song contest," Alasania wrote on Facebook.

He doubts that the state represented by the SBU Security Service of Ukraine would like to share "this collision" with the UA: PBC, he added.

Russian singer Samoilova performs in occupied Crimea instead of Eurovision 2017"The European Broadcasting Union [EBU] is just getting in line with the Russian Federation (which, according to our information, is also preparing its separate lawsuit, ordering the UA: PBC for political reasons), Euronews and many others who want to strangle in the cradle the barely born Public Broadcaster of Ukraine," Alasania said.

Earlier, the organizers of the contest said that the EBU could impose sanctions against Ukraine due to non-admission of the Russian singer Yulia Samoilova to participate in the 2017 Eurovision song contest in Kyiv. In addition, the organizers of the contest threatened Ukraine with isolation from the competition.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine's state broadcaster said authorities in Geneva had frozen EUR 15 million given by Kyiv to the European Broadcasting Union as a guarantee for the successful hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Tags: Samoilova, Eurovision, sanctions, Ukraine, PBC

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