Vladimir Putin denied he talked with Sir Elton John over the phone

Sir Elton John claimed he spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the phone, but Putin denied they ever talked over the phone about gay rights.

 

The president’s spokesman said: “Putin did not have a conversation with Elton John, and, what’s more, we have not received any requests from him for a meeting.”

 

“The president has always been open to discuss human rights issues. The president, I’m sure, will be ready to meet with Elton John, too, if there is such a request.” He added.

 

Social media post appeared on Elton’s profile in which he thanked the Russian leader for “reaching out and speaking via telephone with me today”. Without actually explaining what they talked about, it finished: “I look forward to meeting with you face to face to discuss LGBT equality in Russia.”

 

A spokesperson for the Elton John Aids Foundation is avoiding requests for comment on the subject.

 

An LGBT activist, Yuri Gavrikov, said a meeting between John and Putin could have a positive effects.

 

He told the Govorit Moskva radio station: “Water wears away stone. Any statement in the public space by some significant person or another changes the views of both politicians and people. So it’s not worth waiting for manna from heaven, but I think we can expect another push to somehow change the situation in Russia.”

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