“I consider the two as one family”

Action star Steven Seagal – who was banned from Ukraine for five years in 2017 after Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the actor a Russian passport – spoke out on the Ukraine conflict on Monday, saying that he considers the two parties “as one family”.

“Most of us have friends and family in Russia and Ukraine,” the action star told Fox News Digital on Monday. “I consider the two as one family and I truly believe that this is an outside entity that spends huge amounts of money on propaganda to induce the two countries to be at odds with each other. other.”

“My prayers are that the two countries will come to a positive and peaceful resolution where we can live and prosper together in peace,” the 69-year-old added.

The ‘Under Siege’ star was appointed special envoy for humanitarian relations with the United States by the Russian Foreign Ministry in 2018. The unpaid gig would “facilitate relations between Russia and the United States in the field humanitarian, including cooperation in culture, artistic, public and youth exchanges”, according to the agency.

American actor Steven Seagal sends prayers to both countries and hopes a peaceful resolution will come soon.
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In 2021, Seagal was officially inducted into the pro-Putin political party A Just Russia—Patriots—For Truth at a ceremony.

He was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and has championed Russia’s leadership for its annexation of Crimea in 2014, calling Putin “one of the great living world leaders”.

Months after being granted Russian citizenship and personally presented a passport by Putin, Ukraine deemed the ‘Hard to Kill’ actor a national security threat and banned him from the country for five years.

Seagal’s citizenship was meant to be a sign of improving relations between the United States and Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) hands over a Russian passport to Hollywood actor Steven Seagal
Russian President Vladimir Putin hands over a Russian passport to Hollywood actor and friend Steven Seagal at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia November 25, 2016.
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Seagal and Putin both practice martial arts and have attended several events together during his visits to Russia.

Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine last week, wreaking havoc across the Eastern European country.

Although the exact death toll is unclear, hundreds of civilians are believed to have been killed, including at least 16 children. Hundreds of thousands of people have already fled the violence to neighboring countries, sparking a massive refugee crisis in Europe.

New York Post

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