Putin shows off piano skills ahead of meeting with Chinese leader

Russian President Vladimir Putin played Soviet-era songs about Moscow and St Petersburg as he waited for bilateral talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to begin.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

While waiting for his meeting with the Chinese president, Vladimir Putin played several passages from Soviet-era songs.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was seen tinkling the ivories on Sunday while waiting for a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Putin was in the Chinese capital for a Beijing-hosted summit to launch China's new Silk Road.

After the summit, he went to the Diaoyutai state guest house for talks with Xi and other Chinese leaders.

Putin played several passages from Soviet-era songs about Moscow and St Petersburg, according to Russian media.

The 64-year-old Russian leader is perhaps better known for his judo and horse riding skills, flying a plane and piloting a research submarine into the depths of Lake Baikal and the Black Sea off Crimea's coast.

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