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Belarusian leader treats action hero Seagal to local melons

Published 25/08/2016

Steven Seagal holds two watermelons in the Belarus presidential residence of Drozdy, outside Minsk (AP)
Steven Seagal holds two watermelons in the Belarus presidential residence of Drozdy, outside Minsk (AP)
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, second left, and his youngest son Nikolai, left, hand over a watermelon to Steven Seagal (AP)

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has treated American action hero Steven Seagal to a harvest of carrots and watermelons at his country residence.

Seagal, 64, is not new to Eastern Europe. He often visits Russia to socialise with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mr Lukashenko hosted Segal on Wednesday at his residence north of Minsk, the capital, and treated him in front of television cameras to traditional Belarusian food like lard. The footage from the visit showed Mr Lukashenko peel a carrot and hand it to Seagal to try.

Presidential spokeswoman Natalya Eismont said that Seagal "had long wanted to meet Lukashenko".

During last year's harvest, Mr Lukashenko, who has been described as Europe's last dictator, hosted French actor Gerard Depardieu and gave him a lesson in hand scything.

Seagal has a consultancy contract with a Belarusian online game developer.

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