May 14, 2017 / 11:30 AM / 2 months ago

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

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of a bilateral meeting at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, 14 May 2017.Wu Hong/Pool

BEIJING (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin played piano while awaiting Chinese leader Xi Jinping for bilateral talks in Beijing on Sunday.

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Putin spoke earlier on Sunday at a summit on China's new Silk Road plan. He later arrived at state Diaoyutai residence for talks with Xi and other leaders.

While waiting for his bilateral with Xi to begin, Putin played several chords. According to TASS news agency and state Russian television, Putin played passages from Soviet-era songs about Moscow and St Petersburg.

The 64-year-old former KGB spy has demonstrated his skills on the piano in the past although he has mostly cultivated a macho image. That included riding a horse in Siberia, piloting firefighting planes and diving in submersible into the depths of Lake Baikal and Black Sea off Crimea coast.

Reporting by Denis Dyomkin; Writing by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Catherine Evans

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