DW Deutsche Welle has published a story with comments on the ban of Russian entrant from European Broadcasting Union - EBU spokesperson Dave Goodman and ARD Entertainment coordinator Thomas Schreiber.
"We do our best to avoid politicizing the contest," Dave Goodman, spokesman for the European Broadcasting Union, said.
"The Russian broadcaster, of course, knew whom it was choosing and the Ukrainian authorities also know what they are doing. The parties are publicly sorting out their arguments", says Thomas Schreiber, coordinator of entertainment programs of ARD.
Like Goodman, Schreiber emphasizes that the goal of the organizers is still to ensure the participation of the singer from Russia in the contest. Whether this will be possible depends on the goodwill of the two conflicting sides - in particular, the TV broadcasters, ARD coordinator explains.
"At the same time, what is happening is so symbolic that we can assume that the broadcasters are not as independent as it would be in Western Europe," Schreiber believes.
The EBU faces a difficult task: the European Broadcasting Union must assume the role of a diplomat and find a solution to the conflict. This may mean either that the organizers will try to still obtain the Russian Federation's consent to the proposed compromise, or that new ideas will emerge from the organizers of the contest, Schreiber explains. "At the same time, it makes no sense to publicly voice them, because in this case, ideas rarely succeed," the expert believes.
Whether the EBU have any other diplomatic means in its disposal, the organization does not reveal, at least officially. According to Goodman, the Union conducts dialogue with both sides.
"We must respect the laws of the host country, but we ask Ukraine to consider this special case and find an opportunity to allow a participant from Russia to enter the country. If this is not possible, then there is still a proposed option. Our proposal stays as an option. It will not matter for televiewers at all", explains EBU spokesman.
In the event that Ukraine still decides to insist on its own decision, the further development of events will depend on the Russian Channel One. "Then we will ask Russia to reconsider its decision," admitted Goodman.
Asked whether the conflict between Kyiv and Moscow affected the image of the Eurovision, Thomas Schreiber replied in the affirmative: "There is nothing good in this."
In his turn, Dave Goodman is more optimistic: "When we start broadcasting three shows live for a 200 million audience, when the music starts playing, people will forget about many things and focus on the very competition and the variety of languages and peoples who perform on the same stage. And that is the most beautiful thing in Eurovision.
What happens in the event that none of the conflicting parties wants to make concessions and the EBU can not find another solution is unclear. Organizers emphasize: the current situation is an unprecedented case in the history of the contest.
"It would be great if the EBU could find a solution that would allow both sides to "save face" and at the same time prove that the Eurovision Song Contest corresponds to its name and it is a song contest and nothing else," summed up Shreiber.