Seagal prays for peaceful resolution of Ukrainian conflict

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin gave Steven Seagal a Russian passport in 2016. (ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

By Tosan Edematie

Martial artist and action star, Steven Seagal, has prayed for a peaceful resolution of the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict

Speaking to newsmen on the Ukrainian crisis, Steven Seagal, who, in 2017, was banned from Ukraine for five years after Russian President Vladimir Putin gave him a Russian passport, said “My prayers are that both countries will come to a positive, peaceful resolution where we can live & thrive together in peace.”

Reiterating that “Most of us have friends and family in Russia & Ukraine, Steven Seagal said he looks at “both as one family and really believe it is an outside entity spending huge sums of money on propaganda to provoke the two countries to be at odds with each other.”

Seagal was appointed as a special envoy for humanitarian ties with the United States by the Russian Foreign Ministry in 2018, and was formally inducted into the Pro-Putin A Just Russia — Patriots — For Truth political party at a ceremony in 2021.

The “hard to kill” star was granted Russian citizenship in 2016. It was reported that he defended Russia’s leadership for its annexation of Crimea in 2014, calling Putin “one of the great living world leaders.”

Soon after he was granted Russian citizenship and personally presented with a passport by Putin, Ukraine deemed Steven Seagal a threat to national security. The Government banned him from the country for five years.

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