Putin hands action star Seagal Russian passport


President Vladimir Putin personally handed a new Russian passport to US action star Steven Seagal and said he hoped the gesture showed a "normalisation" of strained relations with Washington.

Putin said he hoped that adding Seagal to the list of celebrities who have gained Russian citizenship in recent years could be seen as "a sign of gradual normalisation of the relations between the countries."

Seagal called the passport a "great honour," while Putin responded by telling him he hoped "our personal relationship will remain and continue."

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