Update: Kremlin denies Putin called Elton John
Update Sept. 15, 7:57 pm EST: The Kremlin today denied that Putin called Elton John, contradicting the singer's Instagram post. According to The Guardian, Putin's spokesman said, “I don’t doubt that if there is such a request, the president will be ready to meet with Elton John among others to give answers to all the questions that he might ask. But we haven’t received such signals yet.”
MOSCOW, Russia, September 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Elton John's self-proclaimed "pie-in-the-sky" request has come true -- he and Russian President Vladimir Putin are going to meet to discuss LGBT issues.
John posted on his Instagram account that Putin had spoken with him by phone, and had agreed to meet.
“Thank-you to President Vladimir Putin for reaching out and speaking via telephone with me today,” posted John. “I look forward to meeting with you face-to-face to discuss LGBT equality in Russia.”
John had made his original request to meet Putin as the singer traveled to Ukraine, where he has spoken with business leaders and the nation's president about his LGBT activism. In an interview with the BBC, John said Russia's ban on homosexual propaganda directed at youth "isolating and prejudiced."
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He also heavily criticized Putin's 2014 statement that homosexuals "can feel calm and at ease" as long as they leave children alone at last year's Winter Olympics. "Give me a break. You are president of Russia, and you go and say stupid things like that?" he asked.
John admitted his request was "pie-in-the-sky," but he told the BBC that "at least I can think I have the conscience to say I tried."
While Western governments and homosexual activists have assailed the Russian law, many pro-family activists support the law as a way of protecting children.
Neither John nor Putin have indicated when the meeting is to take place.