American actor Steven Seagal, known for his role in action films “Hard to Kill” and “Under Siege,” has been barred from entering Ukraine for five years after he was labeled as a national security threat.
In a statement by the Ukrainian security service, the ban of Seagal was due to grounds that he has “committed socially dangerous actions” that contradict Ukraine’s security.
However, the Ukrainian security service did not elaborate on as to why the movie actor captured their attention.
The decision comes after 600 people including Seagal were declared persona non grata by the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture in July 2015 and are no longer welcome in Ukraine.
The 65-year-old actor has been friends with Russian President Vladimir Putin for years, sharing the same love of martial arts.
Seagal, whose father’s parents emigrated from Russia, was awarded Russian citizenship in November last year that was presented personally by Putin.
The Daily Caller reports:
In 2014, the Steven Seagal Blues Band — which actually exists — played at a concert for pro-Russia separatists in the Crimean Peninsula city of Sevastopol. A biker club sponsored the concert. The stage behind Seagal featured the flag of the separatists.
Seagal said Putin is “a friend and I’d like to consider him a brother,” according to The Guardian.
In addition to Seagal, Ukraine has already banned Gérard Depardieu, the French actor, and dozens of Russian celebrities.