Out British singer Elton John told the BBC that he's preparing to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss gay rights.

“As soon as I can get a date in my diary that coincides with him, then I will be going …. to Moscow and I will meet him,” John said during an appearance on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme.

John suggested meeting Putin during a September interview with the BBC from Ukraine. His comments led to a two men pranking the singer into believing that Putin had reached out to him to discuss LGBT rights.

John said that he's now received a genuine call from Putin.

“He was very affable. He was very apologetic. He was very sincere,” John said.

“Whether or not I make any progress, I don't know,” he added. “I'm not going to go straight in there and go, 'Come on, you've got to do this. You've got to do that.' This is the starting of a dialogue and you don't get anywhere without a dialogue.”

In September, John called Putin's stance on gay rights “isolating and prejudiced.”

Putin recently claimed that Russia supports gay rights.