(QHA) -

The Russian news RIA Novosti says American actor and musician Steven Seagal has performed at a concert in the breakaway region of Crimea on a stage decorated with the flag of pro-Russian separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Seagal, who knows Russian President Vladimir Putin, performed with his blues band Saturday night in the Black Sea port city of Sevastopol at a concert organized by a motorcycle gang of Russian nationalists known as the Night Wolves.

RIA Novosti reported that Seagal was then handed a shirt with Putin's face on it, which he held aloft as he thanked the crowd.

'I'm Russian,' Seagal said at the event while speaking to one man, which was filmed by Russian media. 

Seagal said in the taped encounter that his grandparents come from Russia. 

Earlier this year, Seagal described Putin as 'one of the great living world leaders,' according to The Moscow Times.

Crimea was annexed by Russia in March, following Crimean referendum on peninsula’s status.

QHA