Vladimir Putin, on visit to China, plays Soviet-era melodies on piano

Vincent Carr
May 19, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders arrive for a family photo during the Belt and Road Forum at meeting's venue on Yanqi Lake just outside Beijing, China, May 15, 2017.

National Public Radio reported that in 2014, Putin played "Moscow Windows" on piano at a meeting with students at the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that intelligence services should beware of creating software that can later be used for malicious means - a reference to global "ransomware" attacks that researchers say exploited a hacking tool built by the U.S. National Security Agency. Reporters also asked Putin what song he would play when he meets with President Trump, Putin said they "need to meet first, talk and then choose the tune to match".

Putin's impromptu performance over the weekend prompted a pressing question at a news conference Monday: If he got the chance to perform for President Trump, what would he play?

A video of Russian President Vladimir Putin taking a turn at the ivories in Beijing is now making the Internet rounds.

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"It's a pity that the piano was out of tune". The first is considered an unofficial anthem for the city of St. Petersburg, with lyrics like "Listen, Leningrad, I'll sing to you my honest song".

Putin, a 64-year-old former KGB spy has demonstrated his skills on the piano in the past, although he has mostly cultivated a more macho image. "Unfortunately, they refused our proposal", Putin said. "I merely touched the piano keys with my fingers", he quipped, adding that he thought the video "would be for private use". "But they chose to post it". In 2010, he took the stage at a charity concert with a jazz band to play and sing "Blueberry Hills".

"But that's okay. I hope I didn't disappoint you".

"I want to confirm that we are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear powers, including with the Korean Peninsula and North Korea", said Putin, who said any such move would be "harmful and dangerous".

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