The Rocket Man hitmaker was recently targeted by TV entertainers Vladimir Krasnov and Alexei Stolyarov after expressing his desire to talk to Putin about his nation's controversial anti-gay laws.

The jokers, better known as Vova and Lexus, only came clean about staging the phone call days after Sir Elton took to Instagram to publicly praise Putin for taking the time to speak to him. The singer subsequently laughed off the prank, insisting he has no problem being the butt of the joke if it raises awareness surrounding gay rights issues.

Now Kremlin representative Dmitry Peskov has revealed the real Putin has personally reached out to the musician and told the star, "I know that those phone pranksters fooled you. Please don't be angry with them."

Peskov added, "Putin also said that he understands how popular Elton John is, so if their schedules permit, he will be willing to meet him in the future and discuss any issues that he is concerned about."

Elton has been an outspoken celebrity critic of Russia's law banning the promotion of homosexuality to minors.

He previously told fans at a 2014 show in St. Petersburg, "As a gay man, I've always felt so welcome here in Russia. Stories of Russian fans - men and women who fell in love dancing to Nikita or their kids who sing along to Circle of Life - mean the world to me... If I'm not honest about who I am, I couldn't write this music."

He added, "It's not gay propaganda. It's how I express life. If we start punishing people for that, the world will lose its humanity."