Elton John tells Russians fans he still wants to meet Putin to talk gay rights

British singer Elton John told a concert in Moscow he still wanted to meet President Vladimir Putin to discuss his concerns about gay rights and AIDS in Russia despite the Kremlin leader not having time to meet him this time round.

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Elton John, performing at a luxury shopping and entertainment centre in the Russian capital on Monday night as part of a world tour, sounded disappointed about not getting to meet Putin, but said he would return to try to see him.

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“As some of you may know I hoped to meet with President Putin on this trip,” Elton John, whose music has been popular in Russia since the Soviet era, told the audience.

“Although it wasn’t possible, I’m deeply grateful to him for inviting me to discuss some serious issues in Russia including LGBT, HIV and AIDS, and I very much hope we will find time in future to meet.”

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