Putin Plays The Piano, With Perhaps Unintentional Undertones

Nick Mcbride
May 16, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin plays piano before meeting Chinese leader Xi Jinping on the first day of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, China May 14, 2017.

Russia will proceed with building the new nuclear-powered Lider icebreaker but the timing may shift, including due to budget constraints, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

Russian news agency Sputnik said Putin played two songs, "Moscow Windows", an unofficial Moscow anthem, and "The City on the Free Neva River", a song about St. Petersburg.

The Russian leader isn't shy about displaying himself as a macho renaissance man, also participating in judo, ice hockey and horseback riding ― the latter sometimes shirtless.

Speaking in Beijing, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the USA of being responsible for the massive cyber attack that has affected over 200,000 people worldwide.

Putin, speaking during a conference in Beijing this week (15 May), said malware strains created by security services "could backfire on those who developed and created them" and that the ransomware - dubbed WannaCry - failed to impact his country's critical infrastructure. "It was pretty hard to play, even for me, and I just play with two fingers", Putin said, as cited by Interfax. I can not say I played, I was just pressing the keys with two or three fingers.

During their phone conversation earlier in May, Putin and Trump spoke in favor of holding their much anticipated first meeting somewhere around the G20 summit, which is scheduled to take place in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7 and 8.

So, Putin played some songs on Xi's piano. "But they made a decision to post it".

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. Well, it's okay, I trust that you weren't disappointed " Putin commented on the issue.

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