Ukraine bans ac­tor Steven Sea­gal for five years

Cape Breton Post - - World -

MINSK, Be­larus — Ukraine has banned ac­tion film ac­tor Steven Sea­gal from en­ter­ing the coun­try for five years. Sea­gal, an Amer­i­can, was given Rus­sian cit­i­zen­ship by Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin last year in a cer­e­mony shown on state tele­vi­sion. He has vo­cally de­fended the Rus­sian leader’s poli­cies and crit­i­cized the U.S. gov­ern­ment.

A state­ment from the Ukrainian Se­cu­rity Ser­vice on Fri­day said Sea­gal’s en­try was banned “on the ba­sis of Ukrainian na­tional se­cu­rity.” It did not elab­o­rate.

Sea­gal also re­port­edly has spo­ken in favour of Rus­sia’s 2014 an­nex­a­tion of the Crimean Penin­sula from Ukraine.

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