Forty-three countries, including Russia, intend to take part in the Eurovision 2017 international song contest in Kyiv in May 2017. This is said in a statement posted on the official website of the Eurovision 2017 international song contest, Ukrainian News Agency reports. "The record number of countries - 43 - will take part in the Eurovision song contest in Kyiv in 2017," reads the statement. In particular, participating in the international song contest will be Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Spain, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine. As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the national steering committee of Eurovision 2017 has selected Kyiv to host the international song contest.