Hollywood star Steven Seagal gushed over Russian leader Vladimir Putin at a special ceremony marking his 70th birthday as he insisted he would stand by Russia “through thick and thin.”
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Steven Seagal said he will stand by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close allies “through thick and thin.”
The Hollywood star reportedly reiterated his support for Putin and his allies at a party in Moscow to mark his 70th birthday.
The ‘Under Siege’ actor attended a dinner in his honor at a restaurant in Moscow on Sunday.
Among the allies present at the event were Russian state TV host Vladimir Soleviev and Russian journalist Margarita Simonyan, both of whom were placed on an EU sanctions list in response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, according to The Times.
Seagal, who previously called Putin “one of the greatest leaders in the world, if not the greatest leader in the world alive today,” was seen in a now leaked video on Twitter calling everyone in the room as “my family and friends.” designated.
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“I love you all and we stand together through thick and thin,” gushed the actor.
Hollywood star Seagal’s praise of Putin comes as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its sixth week.
The 70-year-old received a Russian passport in 2016 after showing his support for the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
In 2018 he was also appointed Russia’s special envoy to the United States.
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It is believed that Seagal and Putin originally bonded over their mutual love of martial arts.
Back in February, the actor told Fox News that propaganda by an “external entity” would pit Russia and Ukraine against one another.
He also insisted he considers both Russia and Ukraine “as one family”.
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“Most of us have friends and family in Russia and Ukraine,” he said.
“I look at them both as a family and I really believe it’s an outside entity that spends huge sums of money on propaganda to get the two countries to be at odds with each other.
“I pray that both countries will come to a positive, peaceful resolution where we can live and prosper together in peace,” Seagal added.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/steven-seagal-insists-hes-standing-26718031 Steven Seagal insists he stands by Putin and Russia "through thick and thin."