ABC/Randy HolmesAfter Elton John was pranked by two Russian TV hosts who phoned him and pretended to be Russian president Vladimir Putin, the real McCoy has now gotten in touch with Elton.

The Kremlin has confirmed Putin has called Elton, and told him he’s ready to meet with him to discuss any topic he’d like. Elton has repeatedly expressed his desire to chat with the Russian leader about LGBT rights in that country.

Putin’s spokesperson also said that the president told Elton not to take offense at the prank. None taken — Sir Elton has already said via Instagram, “If this unfortunate incident has helped push this vital issue back into the spotlight, then I am happy to be pranked on this occasion.

Elton initially thanked Putin on Instagram for reaching out to him via phone;. However, after the Kremlin denied the call took place, it was revealed to be a hoax.

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