PHILIP KIRKOROV STATEMENT – As an artist, as a producer, as a person that has supported and promoted Eurovision more than anyone else I am shocked with the decision of Ukraine’s security service. Eurovision Song Contest, started after the 2nd world war,as an international competition that would bring countries and their citizens together through music. The Russian national broadcaster, despite the fear of a provocation, took the decision to send Yulia Samoylova to perform for our country, respecting not only the format of the competition but also the main theme of Ukrainian organizers which for this year is “celebrating diversity”. Unfortunately Ukrainian secret services didn’t do the same. What remains to be seen is if EBU, will protect the main idea of this competition. After all it is their responsibility. If not I strongly believe that Russia should withdraw from the competition till the moment that all responsible people with resign and the format will again find the reason it was created.