20 May, 2017
Last Friday, the 64-year-old leader arrived in China to attend the "One Belt, One Road" global forum held in Beijing - discussing the trillion-dollar electricity grid project to be built across countries and continents, reviving the ancient Silk Road.
The Russian president took a couple of minutes out ahead of bilateral talks with the Chinese President Xi Jinping... to play the piano.
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. 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". These were - "Moscow Windows" and "City on the Free Neva" that are both Soviet classics. "We have been holding such meetings regularly since 2013 to assess interim results of the large-scale army and navy reboot program, to identify problems in its implementation and, naturally, to outline measures to accomplish our tasks in due time", Putin said, adding that now work is being done to implement the state arms program for 2011-2020. Now meet Putin the piano man.
"He doesn't play bad at all", was one online comment. "That is the main condition for stability", Putin said. The Russian president noted with regret that "the piano was out of tune". Quartz notes that Putin played at a Moscow theater in 2011 and a charity fundraising event in 2010.
Interior ministry spokesman Tobias Plate said "someone who doesn't do their homework trying to make others responsible for not pointing out this homework needs to be done seems to me to mix up cause and effect". I can not say I played, I was just pressing the keys with two or three fingers.