Published: Mon, May 15, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Vladimir Putin feels no need to arm Syrian Kurds

Putin, addressing the issue as tensions between the U.S. and Russian remain high, called for cybersecurity to be discussed at a "serious political level".

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.

At a news briefing in Beijing, where he is attending an worldwide conference, Putin was asked how confident he was that the agreement between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia would bring stability to world oil prices.

At the same time, the Russian President noted with regret that "the piano was out of tune".

Before his meeting with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, it was rare sight to see the Russian President Vladimir Putin sitting down to play the piano on Sunday. Or just Putin passing some time by indulging in a little Soviet-era musical nostalgia?

Putin performs impromptu piano recital in Beijing
Putin added that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to him on North Korea's missile launch right after it occurred. Russian President Vladimir Putin showed off his skills as a pianist during a visit to China on Sunday.

A cameraman managed to capture the moment in a video and quickly circulated it on the Russian state news media.

Putin addressed the episode at a press briefing Monday in Beijing.

"We are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear powers", Putin told reporters after an worldwide forum in Beijing. "It was quite hard to play, even for me, someone who plays with two fingers". I thought, if Mr. Peskov was filming something, then was probably for personal purposes, for the archive.

"There is no secret here: unlike other countries, we do not announce arms supplies to Kurdish formations and they don't have any special need for our supplies as they have other sources of receiving these weapons".

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