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Steven Seagal gets Russian passport from Vladimir Putin

Actor is a regular visitor to the country and has accompanied the president to several martial arts events

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with US action hero actor Steven Seagal.

President Vladimir Putin has given a Russian passport to US 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 criticised the US 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 normalisation of the relations between the countries.”