Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Putin plays soviet classics on Xi Jinping's piano

Putin plays soviet classics on Xi Jinping's piano

"As regards the source of these threats, I believe that the leadership of Microsoft have announced this plainly, that the initial source of the virus is the intelligence services of the United States", Putin said.

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

Evening Song has become something of an unofficial anthem of St Petersburg (formerly known as Leningrad) and is usually performed with words praising the city.

Putin was in Beijing on a state visit to discuss a $1 trillion infrastructure plan aimed at reviving the ancient Silk Road.

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"It's too bad that the piano wasn't good and it was hard to play", Putin told reporters yesterday. Both songs were classics from the Soviet era.

The Mirror UK called it a "poor performance", saying "within a few notes it was clear to see he was a little out of his depth".

The hashtag "Putin playing piano" has garnered more than a million views on Sina Weibo by press time.

Putin said the impromptu piano rendition he gave on the sidelines of a meeting in Beijing on Sunday had been hampered by an out-of-tune instrument.

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The two countries' active communication and coordination as well as mutual support on major worldwide issues have become important stabilizing factors for the global community, Putin said. And in 2010, he played piano and sang a version of "Blueberry Hill" at a charity fundraiser - on which, it can be noted, he was just as rhythmically hesitant as in this latest musical foray.

"Thirdly, I think it's right that the decision was taken not for two or three or four months but for nine months, to the middle of next year".

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".

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