The Eurovision Song Contest's supervisor Jon Ola Sand said Tuesday that the event, to take place in Kiev in two months, will abide by whatever decision Ukraine makes on whether to allow Russia's contestant to enter the country.
Ukrainian authorities have been considering banning the 27-year-old singer, Julia Samoylova, from entering the country because she previously performed in Russian-annexed Crimea.
"We respect the laws of Ukraine, but we see no violations by the Russian delegation," Sand said in comments carried by the Interfax news agency.
Samoylova said in an interview published earlier in the day that she was not letting the potential ban spoil her excitement about performing at Eurovision in May.
"My greatest dream has been to sing at Eurovision," she told the Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets. "I'm going to represent and support my country. That's the main motive."
Samoylova intends to sing "Flame Is Burning" at the contest. The song, in English, is partially about finding courage within yourself. Samoylova, who suffers from a rare muscular disorder, has used a wheelchair since childhood.
Ukrainian authorities said Monday that they were considering banning the singer because of a 2015 performance in Crimea, which a year earlier Russia annexed from Ukraine.
However, with just a couple months before the contest, Samoylova has other concerns. "The only difficulty I have is the English language. I'm having a lot of trouble with it," she told the Russian newspaper, adding that she's busy taking lessons.