Credit: Matt BaronWhile we still don’t know if Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign knowingly colluded with Russia, Elton John openly admits to doing it…for a good cause.

Speaking to the New York Daily News, Elton revealed that he’s been having talks with Russian officials in an attempt to promote equality in that country, where laws specifically ban “gay propaganda” and hate crimes against gay citizens have reportedly doubled in the last five years.

“We met with the Russian health minister in Moscow in December, and it’s all about taking just a little step at a time,” Elton explained. He also says he’s willing to continue a conversation with Russian president Vladimir Putin that first began in 2015.

“I am just a pop star, but I have a foundation and he is a president — and one of the most powerful presidents in the world,” said Elton. “[Putin] phoned me up and I know they want dialogue, but it is one foot at a time.”

You may recall that Putin first called Elton in 2015 to apologize after some Russian pranksters posing as him called the legendary musician. Elton described his current discussions with Russia as “very nice and cordial.”

Elton, who’ll celebrate his 71st birthday later this month, will kick off his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour on September 8 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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