Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Russia Appoints Steven Seagal to Improve U.S. Cultural Ties

Стивена Сигала назначили спецпредставителем МИДа РФ Moscow appoints action star Steven Seagal special envoy on Russia-US humanitarian ties
Freda Brock | 06 August, 2018, 09:27

Action movie star Steven Seagal has said he takes his appointment to the position of Russia's special envoy to the United States "very seriously".

"I've always had a very strong desire to do all I can to help improve Russian-American relations", state-funded TV channel RT cited Seagal as saying on Saturday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with US actor Steven Seagal after presenting a Russian passport to him during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on November 25, 2016.

The 66-year-old has called President Putin "one of the great living world leaders", and when Seagal was granted Russian citizenship, said he hoped it would be a symbol of how relations between Moscow and Washington were starting to improve.

Actor Steven Seagal attends the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15.

His new role has been compared to that of a United Nations goodwill ambassador by the ministry.

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It would be recalled that an alleged Russian spy with apparent ties to a Donald Trump campaigner in has been in the news concerning Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election.

CNN has reached out Seagal's spokesperson for comment.

Actor Steven Seagal speaks at a news conference, while attending an opening ceremony for a research and development center in Moscow, Russia, Sept. 22, 2015.

Russian Federation isn't the only country offering overtures to Seagal.

Seagal's grandmother was born in Vladivostok, and the actor and Putin share a passion for martial arts.

It is unclear how Seagal who was given Russian citizenship in 2016 will go about accomplishing that goal. Later that month, Putin, who has been described as a fan of the martial arts that Seagal practices in his movies, personally presented the actor with a Russian passport.

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