Russia and Ukraine promise to uphold sanctity of Eurovision despite diplomatic crisis
As the Eurovision final approaches, Russian and Ukrainian diplomats have reassured the international community that the highly esteemed talent contest will not descend into political point-scoring.
In a set of emergency talks in the host city of Copenhagen, officials from both nations agreed to “rise above the petty issue of national sovereignty in order to protect the honour and august traditions of the Eurovision Song Contest.”
“Our two nations would like to allay any fears that this competition will be anything other than the dignified contest of musical prowess it has always been”, the statement reads.
Austrian contestant Conchita Wurst welcomed the move, saying: “It’s vital that the prestige and overall decorum of this sacred competition is not diminished.”
The conference comes after singing competition analysts sparked concerns that discontent in the political sphere could impact the overall results, as countries in the former Eastern Bloc look set to respond to months of Russian aggression by voting for one another in a show of solidarity.
They warn such an outbreak of unmeritocratic voting based on geography, rather than vocal aptitude, could lead to other nations being favourable to regional neighbours, with such scenes as Serbia awarding 12 points to Montenegro being anticipated.
“Such unscrupulous tactics could create a domino effect whereby nations across the continent expect votes from others purely because of historical and cultural ties”, one senior commentator warned.
However Kremlin-backed bookies BetVladimir are being cautious and providing the lowest odds on getting any points from another country since the French votes were counted for Abba’s “Waterloo”.
This is not the first Diplomatic incident to be triggered by the Eurovision song contest. In 2012 Azerbaijan withdrew its diplomats to the UK, following their controversial deployment of Engelbert Humperdinck in Baku. The crisis that was eventually resolves by a global moratorium on the use of Engelbert Humperdinck, underwritten by Amendment 22 of the Geneva Convention.