Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Russia casts action movie star Steven Seagal as special envoy to US

Actor Steven Seagal attends the SMASH Global V pre Oscar fight at Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles California Moscow appoints action star Steven Seagal special envoy on Russia-US humanitarian ties
Rosie Leonard | 06 August, 2018, 09:26

President Vladimir Putin presented a Russian passport to US actor Steven Seagal in 2016, saying he hoped it would serve as a symbol of how fractious ties between Moscow and Washington were starting to improve.

Russian Federation has handed Hollywood movie star Steven Seagal the task of keeping relations cordial with the United States.

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".

"Steven Seagal was appointed as the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative for Russian-US humanitarian ties", the ministry said.

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.

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

He has previously hung out with Russia's Putin, a fellow martial arts fan.

Mr. Seagal, 66, did not immediately return a message seeking comment. Seagal once referred to Putin as "one of the great living world leaders".

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.

As for Russian and United States relations now, things are a bit contentious, to say the least.

Seagal was also granted Serbian citizenship in 2016 after several visits to the Balkan country, the BBC reports.

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

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