In an interview with the BBC, out singer Sir Elton John said that he wants to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss gay rights.

The musician is currently in Ukraine, where he met President Petro Poroshenko. John called on Poroshenko and business leaders to support LGBT rights.

In 2013, Putin signed a law that prohibits the promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors.

Last year, Putin defended the law, saying that it was needed to protect children, and denied claims that Russia is homophobic.

“Give me a break,” John told the BBC. “You are [the] President of Russia and you go and say stupid things like that?”

Putin's attitude toward gay people is “isolating and prejudiced” and “ridiculous,” John said.

“I would like to meet [Putin],” he added. “It's probably pie in the sky … He may laugh behind my back when he shuts the door and call me an absolute idiot, but at least I can think I have the conscience to say I tried.”