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Vladimir Putin plays Soviet songs on Xi Jinping’s piano

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is always willing to publicly display his music talents, sat down to play the piano at Chinese President Xi Jinping’s residence on Sunday.

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [Published on:15 May 2017, 9:38 AM IST]
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Vladimir Putin plays piano before his talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is always willing to publicly display his music talents, sat down to play the piano at Chinese President Xi Jinping’s residence on Sunday.  

Putin is in Beijing on a state visit to discuss a $1 trillion infrastructure plan that strives to revive the ancient Silk Road.

After speaking at the summit in the morning, Putin headed to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at his residence. 

Putin is habitually late for meetings, but this time he was the one who was made to wait, Russian news agencies said.

So, Putin played some songs on Xi’s piano. Russian state television showed excerpts of at least two tunes he played  “Moscow Windows” and “City on the Free Neva” both Soviet classics.

Putin has demonstrated his music talents before. In 2010, he took the stage at a charity concert with a jazz band to play and sing “Blueberry Hills.”

But in recent years, Putin occupied with the annexation of Crimea, the crisis in eastern Ukraine and Russia’s role in Syria preferred to demonstrate his virile side in Kremlin-distributed pictures of him hunting and fishing.

(With AP inputs)