Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand has announced that the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will decide whether sanctions against Ukraine over a Russian contestant should be introduced or not after the competition is over.
”When it comes to Russia [whose contestant Yulia Samoilova was barred from entering Ukraine due to the violation of travel rules], everything that has happened this year – we will have to look into after the contest [ends], and then we`ll take a decision,” he said at a press conference on May 10.
He confirmed that the issue of the sanctions against Ukraine or Russia was put on the agenda of the Reference Group meeting.
”We will discuss this issue – yes, for sure – at the next meeting, that`s in June and we`ve already confirmed this,” he said.
”We`re also based on the fact that it is a very special situation this year. It`s a very difficult situation,” he added.