Putin gives Rus­sian pass­port to U.S. ac­tor Steven Sea­gal

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has given a Rus­sian pass­port to U.S. ac­tion film star Steven Sea­gal, call­ing it a sign of a thaw in re­la­tions with the United States.

The 64-year old ac­tor has been a reg­u­lar visitor to Rus­sia in re­cent years and has ac­com­pa­nied Putin to sev­eral mar­tial arts events.

Sea­gal also has vo­cally de­fended the Rus­sian leader’s poli­cies and crit­i­cized the U.S. govern­ment.

Af­ter award­ing Sea­gal cit­i­zen­ship through a pres­i­den­tial de­cree ear­lier this month, Putin hosted the ac­tor at the Krem­lin on Fri­day and handed him the pass­port.

Putin told Sea­gal he hopes the cer­e­mony, which was shown on Rus­sian state tele­vi­sion, is “also a sign of a grad­ual nor­mal­iza­tion of the re­la­tions be­tween the coun­tries.”

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