Russia's Putin performs impromptu piano recital ahead of Trump meeting

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Putin with in April, followed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's meeting with Trump at the White House several weeks later.

"It was quite hard to play, even for me, a person who plays with two fingers", Putin said.

Putin did not specify what countries he had in mind, but he has in the past repeatedly criticised the United States for military operations in Iraq, Libya and Syria, and accused it of trying to oust legitimate governments.

Another reporter at the news conference asked what tune Putin would play for US President Donald Trump if they were to meet.

Controversial Russian president Vladimir Putin showed off his piano skills Sunday before meeting with Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijing.

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Since March 2011, the Syrian conflict has caused more than 320,000 deaths and forced millions of refugees to flee. According to the State Department, they will discuss ongoing conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.

"The first stage of the Yamal LNG project is due to become operational already this year and by this time ice-breakers and tankers should be ready", the Russian leader said.

"A genie let out of a bottle of this kind, especially created by secret services, can then cause damage to its authors and creators", Putin said on the sidelines of an global summit in Beijing.

"I thought that if Mr Peskov is filming, it's probably for personal use, for the archive", Putin said, referring to his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov. Last January, he helped a shy student at Moscow State University finish singing a Soviet song about space exploration. "But they chose to post it". 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.

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.

"But it's no problem" that the video was posted online, he said, adding: "I think I didn't let you down".

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