Julia Samoilova will represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018, regardless of its venue, reads the joint statement of the First Channel and VGTRK.
Statement by broadcasters:
In case Ukraine does not allow Julia Samoilova to participate in Eurovision 2017, Julia Samoilova will represent Russia in 2018, regardless of the venue of the contest.
Yesterday, the Ukrainian Security Service banned Julia Samoilova from entering the country for three years.
Representatives of the European Broadcasting Union (the organizers of Eurovision) stated that the decision of the Security Service is "contrary to the spirit of the contest."
Statement by the European Broadcasting Union:
We have to respect the local laws of the host country, however we are deeply disappointed in this decision as we feel it goes against both the spirit of the Contest, and the notion of inclusivity that lies at the heart of its values.
The organization intends to negotiate with Ukrainian authorities, so that all participants of Eurovision can take part in the competition. The Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Kiev in May.
Belarus' entrants NAVIBAND will sing a song in the Belarusian language for the first time in the contest's history.