American actor and producer Steven Siegel, known for his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, presented a samurai sword to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday, according to images aired on state television.
Dressed in black and without exposing his face, the actor, who specializes in martial arts, presented the mask to President Maduro, who wore an anti-Kovid surgical mask.
There is no need to ask the president to take part in a different fighting attitude.
Mr. Maduro was re-elected in 2018 after the presidential election was criticized and boycotted by the opposition. The United States and many European or Latin American countries did not recognize the results. Washington has imposed economic sanctions, especially on Venezuela, in an attempt to oust Mr Maduro, the successor to former President Hugo Chavez (1999-2013).
Maduro openly stated that he was anti-imperialist, often criticizing the “Gringos”.
Boasting of their support for the “Bolivarian Revolution”, officials under Chavez under Maduro systematically mediated the visits of these individuals.
Among the stars who went to Caracas were: footballer Diego Armando Maradona, actors Sean Penn or Danny Glover, director Oliver Stone or model Naomi Campbell.
Former Hollywood action star and aikido expert Steven Siegel was granted Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin in November 2016.