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Elton John wants to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin to discuss laws against "gay propaganda"

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Elton John wants to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin to discuss laws against "gay propaganda"

Elton John has said he wants to meet Russian president Vladamir Putin to discuss his nation's laws against "gay propaganda".

The offer of talks were raised after John spoke at a conference in neighbouring Ukraine, where he lobbied President Petro Poroshenko about LGBT rights.

The star took to Instragram to thank Poroshenko, stating: "Specifically I asked him to: 1. Ban discrimination in the workplace based on sexuality and gender identity. 2. Provide criminal penalties for hate crimes…

“We need Ukrainian businessmen and power brokers to create a more inclusive and tolerant society. We need this everywhere!”

Speaking to BBC about the Russian president, the singer said: “I would like to meet [Mr Putin]. 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.”