The General Director “the First channel” Konstantin Ernst said that against Russia can not be applied a rule on dismissal from participation in the Eurovision song contest, if she did not broadcast the contest in the previous year.
He told about it in interview to the edition “Kommersant”.
“Such a rule existed. But as we mechanically will not participate in the violation of the rules of the European broadcasting Union, to us it is not covered”, – said the General Director of the First channel.
The Ernst believes that the European broadcasting Union itself violated its own rules, because I had to or not to register the Russian party, or to ensure her participation.