Bulgarian artist for Eurovision 2017 criticizes Ukraine on Russian news
Eric Nocito | On 30, Mar 2017
Seventeen-year-old Kristian Kostov, Bulgaria's entry for Eurovision 2017, spoke to the Russian news agency, TASS about his views of Ukraine enforcing their laws banning Russian artist Julia Samoylova.
Kristian Kostov was born in Moscow, Russia and received his education in Russia. He also participated in Russian TV-show The Voice Kids.
"I am not an ethnic Russian but I grew up in Russia and I would be very glad if Russians support me," said Kostov.
Kostov continued by saying because he knows Samoylova personally, it is "terrible and unfair" to enforce the ban against her, despite her violating Ukrainian law by illegally entering Crimea in 2015.
"I don’t like to discuss political issues because I think that the Eurovision Song Contest is a music event while music unites people, but this time we see the opposite thing. I hope things will settle down, the parties will come to terms and solve the problem. It would be a pity to lose such a contestant as Julia, because I know her, she is a very bright person, she is an extremely kind soul and I would very much like to see her take part in the contest’s final. What is going on right now is terrible and unfair," said Kostov.