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Steven Seagal has quite the bromance going with Russia's President Vladimir Putin.

The action star, in a lengthy interview conducted in Bucharest with state-run newspaper, Rossiskaya Gazeta, said Putin is "one of the greatest living world leaders," and defends Putin's actions in Crimea.

Seagal went on to say he considers him "a friend, would like to consider him as a brother."

The two have bonded over physical fitness, as Putin has called for the revival of the Soviet-era physical evaluation program that required all schoolchildren to pass fitness tests. Earlier this month, Seagal, 61, and Putin appeared together at an event aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles among young people.

Seagal also said that while he is "an American and I love my country," he called U.S. foreign policy with regard to Ukraine "idiotic."

And he said, "It's no secret that I have Republican views and policies of President Obama does not appeal to me. In many ways it is not even his fault, but the people who are in his inner circle who have views on world politics are diametrically opposed to Russia. In my opinion, a situation where the U.S. and Russia are on opposite sides of the fence is abnormal. And I see my task is to do everything to facilitate the normalization of relations. All will benefit from this."

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