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MOSCOW, August 31. /TASS/. Celebrated Russian jazz saxophonist Igor Butman told leading Russia's RSN radio station he would bring his music to Ukrainian audiences if the invitation came from promoters, not from politicians.
"If I receive a proposal to come to Odessa, south Ukraine, I hope I would receive it not from political figures, but from organizers," Butman said talking to the station on Monday. "I have no problem with Ukrainian people. If they invite me, I will perform there."
Earlier, US citizen Butman told reporters he had received a letter from US officials recommending him not to attend the Koktebel Jazz Party planned for August 28-30 in Crimea. In reply, he asked US President Barack Obama to leave music outside politics.
The musician told the Russian news station he would not endanger American citizenship as he needed it for free movement across the world. "I do not consider the US to be an enemy of our country [Russia]. Today we have bad relations, tomorrow they may be excellent."