Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Russia names Steven Seagal special envoy to U.S.

Steven Seagal speaks at a news conference while attending an opening ceremony for a research and development center in Moscow Russia Moscow appoints action star Steven Seagal special envoy on Russia-US humanitarian ties
Ginger Lopez | 06 August, 2018, 09:29

The Russian Embassy to the U.S. revealed the news via its official Facebook page, announcing that the Russian Foreign Ministry had appointed Seagal, 66, a "special representative for Russian-U.S. humanitarian ties", the ministry said. "I have worked tirelessly in this direction for many years unofficially and I am now very grateful for the opportunity to do the same thing officially".

Russian President Vladimir Putin presented a Russian passport to the USA actor in 2016, and now Seagal will expand his ties, serving as a goodwill ambassador.

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.

According to the ministry, Seagal's role is described as being akin to when "people's diplomacy meets halfway traditional diplomacy", comparing the role as that of a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.

Relations between the two countries have been fraught as US intelligence agencies have accused Russian Federation of interfering in the 2016 elections and have warned it could do so again in the November contests. Seagal is not getting paid for his new job, but he'll be tasked with deepening cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries.




Seagal's films, which often highlight his martial arts skills, are popular in Europe.

I am deeply humbled and honoured to have been appointed as a special representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in charge of Russian and American Humanitarian ties.

It is the latest honour Russian Federation has bestowed upon Seagal.

In 2015, BuzzFeed News reported that two years earlier, Putin had suggested to then-US President Barack Obama that he could make Seagal the honourary Russian consul to California and Arizona.

Seagal, who sometimes appears on Russian state TV to talk about his views and career, was cited by Kremlin-backed TV station RT as welcoming the appointment.

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