Out British singer Elton John won't meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week to discuss gay rights.

According to a statement given to the AP, Putin won't be able to make the meeting due to a scheduling conflict.

“President Putin expressed readiness for this meeting,” said Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “But this time, the meeting won't take place, unfortunately – their schedules do not match up. But this does not mean that such a meeting won't take place next time.”

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

In November, John said that he received a genuine call from Putin.

John is scheduled to perform in Moscow on Monday.

Putin has defended a Russian law that prohibits the promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors. The law's passage prompted worldwide condemnation and calls for a boycott of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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