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Ukraine will contest the refusal to host Eurovision-2023

17.06.2022, 17:31
Photo: AP
Photo: AP

Ukraine will demand to change the decision on the refusal to hold Eurovision-2023 here.

This is stated in a joint statement by the Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko, the Chairman of the NSTU Board Mykola Chernotytskyy, and Eurovision winners of 2004 and 2022 – Ruslana Lyzhychko and Oleh Psyuk (Kalush band).

The statement says that Ukraine disagrees with the nature of the European Broadcasting Union's decision, "as we were confronted with the fact without discussing the possibility of other options."

Ukraine believes that it has every reason to hold further talks and find a joint solution that will satisfy all parties, the statement says.

It is noted that Ukraine won Eurovision-2022 fairly and has fulfilled all the conditions for the approval process for holding the contest in Ukraine in due time, having provided answers and guarantees on the security standards and the possible venues for the contest.

"Holding Eurovision 2023 in Ukraine is a strong signal to the whole world that it supports Ukraine now. We will demand that this decision be changed, because we believe that we will be able to fulfill all the commitments we have made, as we have repeatedly emphasized to the European Broadcasting Union. That is why we demand additional negotiations on hosting Eurovision-2023 in Ukraine," the statement reads.

As IMI reported, Suspilne broadcaster announced that they were disappointed with the European Broadcasting Union's (EBU) refusal to hold Eurovision-2023 in Ukraine.

On June 17, the EBU refused Ukraine after analyzing the security situation as of June 2022. The Union is starting talks with the British public broadcaster BBC on the possibility of holding a competition in the UK.

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