Putin sits down at piano in China, plays Soviet songs

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Russia's Putin plays piano as he awaits talks with Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin as Xi's wife Peng Liyuan looks on before a group photo during the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China May 14, 2017.

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

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday that Beijing and Russian Federation have played their due role in safeguarding regional and global peace and stability.

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

Mr Putin is habitually late for meetings, but this time he was the one who was made to wait, Russian news agencies said. According to Russian state television, the tunes were Soviet-era songs about Moscow and St Petersburg.

Vladimir Putin, Russia's leading Renaissance man, has just shown off yet another hidden talent: He's a trained pianist.

While waiting for his bilateral with Xi to begin, Putin played several chords.

But in recent years, Mr 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.

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