Putin calls Elton John – this time for real, says Kremlin

Russian president suggests a meeting, a week after singer was on the end of prank call from someone pretending to be Putin

Vladimir Putin has called Sir Elton John and offered to meet after prank-callers impersonating the Russian president fooled the singer earlier this month.

Putin spoke with John by phone on Thursday and asked forgiveness for the pair of famous Russian hoaxers who had previously called John in his name, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

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