Vladimir Putin has refused to confirm a meeting with Elton John, with the Kremlin claiming they have not received an official invitation.
The openly gay star defied protests and performed two concerts in the country last year amid the storm over the country’s law banning the promotion of homosexuality.
In recent interviews, the Rocket Man singer has said he has asked for a meeting with Putin to discuss the homophobic law.
‘I am going to Russia in November and I will try and meet Putin and I will try and talk to him. I don’t know what good it will do,’ he told Sky News.
‘It’s no good putting up a wall and saying: “I’m not talking to these people”; the only way things get solved is by talking to people.’
But the president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov has reportedly said a meeting is unlikely to happen.
‘We have not had a request for a meeting from him,’ he told a radio station. ‘So no meeting is happening. At this point, we have nothing more to say.’