Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka held an informal meeting with famous U.S. actor Steven Seagal.
As Steven Seagal started cooperating with Wargaming, Belarus’ biggest developer of online games, he came to Minsk on Tuesday evening on business. But on Wednesday the Holliwood star was taken on a brief excursion around Minsk and had a taste of Belarusian national.
“An informal meeting with the President of Belarus took place today. Steven Seagal confessed that he dreamt about getting acquainted with Alyaksandr Lukashenka for a long time and he insistently asked for a meeting when he was planning his trip to Minsk. The guest has a special attitude to Belarus because, as it has become known today, Steven Seagal has Belarusian roots,” Lukashenka’s spokeswoman Natallya Eysmant said.
Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Steven Seagal, phot. BelTA
The meeting with the President turned to be very interesting and quite informative for the guest, with an accent on agriculture as the harvesting campaign is in full swing in the country. Steven Seagal was shown Belarus’ most cultivated plants: beet, cabbage, carrots. The tasting of the new harvest took place straight in the field, state-owned news agency BelTA reports.
Steven Seagal tastes a carrot from Lukashenka’s garden.
The American guest also watched the harvesting of potato and watermelons. “Some five years ago it was hard to imagine that we would cultivate such watermelons. The guest got extremely interested in them. Over a light dinner in the President’s Residence the American guests were offered dishes of the Belarusian cuisine. They liked khaladnik (beetroot soup), potato and, of course, Belarusian salo [slabs of porkbelly],” the spokeswoman said.
Seagal is also known for his outspoken political views and for his friendship with Vladimir Putin. Seagal once referred to Putin as ‘one of the great living world leaders’.
Belsat.eu, following BelTA