Spokesman for the Kremlin confirms singer is welcome to discuss any 'issues of interest'
Elton John could be set to finally meet Russian President Vladimir Putin after the Kremlin contacted the singer.
John recently fell victim to pranksters who impersonated the Russian leader on the phone.
But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin has now actually called the singer and he was ready to meet when their schedules allowed it – and discuss “any issues of interest” to the singer, reports BBC News.
Speaking earlier this year, John said Putin’s attitude to gay people was “isolating and prejudiced” and “ridiculous” and cited comments made by the President in 2014 about gay people targeting children.
“Give me a break,” John added. “You are President of Russia, and you go and say stupid things like that?”
“I would like to meet [Mr Putin],” he added. “It’s probably pie in the sky… He may laugh behind my back when he shuts the door, and call me an absolute idiot, but at least I can think I have the conscience to say I tried.”
A message on the musician’s Instagram account thanked Mr Putin for “reaching out” in a phone conversation.
But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said reports of a conversation were “not true” and a recording of the hoax phone call was later aired on Russian TV.
Prankster Vladimir Krasnov admitted his involvement and Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that he made the call with his sidekick Alexei Stolyarov, known as “Lexus”.
Elton John is a staunch advocate for gay rights and just last month criticised a Venice mayor who has removed books from schools that feature same-sex families.