Vladimir Putin Grants Steven Seagal Russian Citizenship
Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted US actor Steven Seagal a Russian passport in a bid to further improve the fractious relations between the two superpowers, softened by the election of Donald Trump.
The pair met face-to-face at a special ceremony at the Kremlin, where the 90s Hollywood action hero signed a passport handed to him by the Russian leader.
Upon confirming the newly bestowed citizenship with a handshake, Putin stated: "I want to congratulate you and express the hope that this is another, albeit small, gesture and it might be a sign of the gradual normalisation of relations between our countries."
Putin, a martial arts fan, signed an order earlier this month to begin the process of granting Seagal citizenship. The actor, 64, has been a regular visitor to Russia for over a decade.