The Rocket Man star admitted over the weekend (12Sep15) that he was still hopeful of meeting Putin to talk about the controversial issues, despite having a similar request snubbed during a visit to Russia in 2014.

On Monday (14Sep15), it seemed Elton's wish had been granted as he took to to share a photo of the top politician, revealing the president had personally called him.

The singer wrote, "Thank-you to President Vladimir Putin for reaching out and speaking via telephone with me today. I look to forward to meeting with you face-to-face to discuss LGBT equality in Russia."

However, fans have since been left confused after Putin's representative, Dmitry Peskov, insisted no such conversation has taken place - although the president would be willing to chat if an official request was filed.

Speaking to the Russian press on Tuesday (15Sep15), Peskov 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."

He added, "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."

Elton has regularly included stops in Russia on his world tours, and at a show in St. Petersburg last year (14), he publicly criticised the nation's tough legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality to minors, defiantly telling fans, "As a gay man, I've always felt so welcome here in Russia... If I'm not honest about who I am, I couldn't write this music. It's not gay propaganda. It's how I express life. If we start punishing people for that, the world will lose its humanity."