INgrid deltenre ukraine eurovision russia ban

Last weekend Swiss newspaper Sonntagsblick suggested that the EBU might exclude Ukraine from future Eurovision events if it upholds its ban on Russia’s Eurovision 2017 singer Julia Samoylova.

And today the news was confirmed when Ukraine’s Kiev Vlast leaked the strongly worded letter that EBU chief Ingrid Deltenre sent to Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.

The letter, which you can read in full by clicking on the images below, is dated March 23 — one day after Ukrainian security services announced their three-year ban on the Russian singer.

The leak will do much to re-establish the credibility of the EBU, who were initially criticised for not taking a tough public stance against Ukraine. It appears that they were trying to broker peace behind-closed-doors before launching a public rebuttal.

The EBU has confirmed to wiwibloggs that the letter is authentic.

EBU: Ingrid Deltenre’s full letter to Ukraine’s Prime Minister

“Should this ban be confirmed by your office, it would certainly have a very big negative impact on Ukraine’s international reputation as a modern, democratic European nation,” Deltenre writes. “Needless to say that we are also very concerned for the damage this will inflict on the Eurovision Song Contest and the European Broadcasting Union.”

“No previous host country has prevented an artist performing at the Eurovision Song Contest and the EBU would not like a precedent to be set in 2017. We consider the current ban of the Russian singer as unacceptable. As a consequence the UAPBC might be excluded from future events.”

Will other countries withdraw?

She also says that the situation has upset member broadcasters within the EBU.

Deltenre writes that they “have received communication from a number of them criticizing the decision” and that they are “considering to withdraw from the event.”

No EBU members have come out publicly to say they may withdraw from this year’s contest over Ukraine’s actions.

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Ian

EBU needs to calm down. First of all, the rule of law (one of the main EU pillars) is something that EBU, as a European organisation, should cherish. Second, mentoring Ukraine and openly threatening the country the EBU chief is just demonstrating her colonial vision of post-USSR states, which are considered to belong to the Russian sphere of influence, thus, not having agency to pursue any independent policies. Is Ingrid leaving next year because with Putin’s money she will not need to work anymore?

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Charles
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Charles

@Suarez: “given the fact that everybody has always been against Russia for some reason or not”? Seriously? I’m going to give you a minute or two to rethink that idea and try to look at the world around you outside of the Eurovision bubble and then maybe you’ll find at least ONE damn reason to justify the past hatred towards Russia … unless of course you applaud homophobia with a smile on your face. Russia needs to truly learn the concept of freedom with responsibility cause politically hating on others and violating human rights is not a way to showcase… Read more »

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@BasshunterNL writes: “‘Flame is burning’ …. a crap song, yet its title is a good metaphore of what Russia doing in Ukraine: destroying Donbass with its weapons and bombs.”

Ukrainian government, it is the people who have got power after an armed coup, against the people of Donbass sent tanks and troops. Donbass people with bare hands stopped Ukrainian army tanks.
you tube.com/watch?v=E6LeF8m2PoA
you tube.com/watch?v=9NrsUCMb6oQ
you tube.com/watch?v=Hz1hZh5pBRQ

This Ukrainian army, led Kiev, killed and kill civilians Donbass.
In Kiev government sits war criminals.

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nemiminimizu

1.this woman should know that these threats are nothing, coz Ukraine’s PM’s got much more important problems to solve in his country.
2. ebu’s been political for a veeery long time. with romania last year, bosnia and herzegovina this year…Russia refused to show the conest on TV, ebu is losing money, hence, ebu’s making fuss about this. greedy, hypocritical ppl.

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hannaB

LOL
A woman from EBU threatens a PM of a country? What’s wrong with her? ))
She honestly thinks that Ukraine’s PM has nothing else to do? There’s a war(call it whatever you like) in his country. I guess he doesn’t give a sh*** about some song contest.

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BasshunterNL
If Rissia is so wrong why EBU defends Russia and not Ukraine in this situation? Last year all was the other way around.

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BasshunterNL

Russia knew that their singer would not be allowed into the country when they chose her to represent Russia. Russia was the only country who did not show up few months ago when accommodation was arranged. Russia never intended to join ESC 2017. ‘Flame is burning’ …. a crap song, yet its title is a good metaphore of what Russia doing in Ukraine: destroying Donbass with its weapons and bombs. Russia must be barred from Eurovision until they stop their wars in Georgia and Ukraine. A decent European country does not steal land from other European countries. Eurovision is a… Read more »

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Plum

@Tom You are absolutely right. It is evident that Ukraine is not going t let any Russian singer in. Unfortunately many commenters here don’t know what they are talking about.
Btw, Sergey Lazarev visited Crimea last summer to judge Russia’s children’s New Wave. I wonder if they would have banned even this loved in Ukraine artist if he decided to participate this year.

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@Alex
It is not necessary to be in the Crimea, it is enough to say opinion, which is not like the Ukrainian regime and the singer added to the list, and since the lists are not open to the public and regularly filled in, it is no guarantee that another singer is not included in the sanctions.

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