Russian Federation tasks Hollywood actor Seagal with improving United States ties

Russian Federation tasks Hollywood actor Seagal with improving United States ties

Russian Federation tasks Hollywood actor Seagal with improving United States ties

The ministry said he would not be paid for his work and compared it to the role of a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador. The actor is now, as the Russian Foreign Ministry put it, meant to "contribute to the further development of Russian-American relations in the humanitarian sphere, including interactions in the fields of culture, art, public and youth exchanges, among other things".

AMERICAN action-movie star Steven Seagal has played a former Central Intelligence Agency agent, a hit man and a killer of criminals during his career.

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

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The 66-year-old actor - who was given Russian citizenship in 2016 and a close friend of the country's president Vladimir Putin - will "facilitate relations" between the two countries in humanitarian areas.

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.

While the 66-year-old star of '90s karate flicks such as Above The Law and Out For Justice might come across as a odd choice, Seagal has been wooed by Russian President Vladimir Putin the past few years.

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Born in the United States, the martial arts star gained worldwide fame for roles in the 1980s and '90s like Under Siege.

Steven Seagal was granted the Russian citizenship in November 2016. "Despite the unfortunate propaganda going on I remain fully committed to working tirelessly towards this end and I am tremendously grateful for this opportunity", Seagal also told TASS.

He said he had called Putin "one of the world's great leaders"; he described the Russian president as a personal friend and expressed a desire to improve relations between the USA and Russia.

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Vladimir Putin is also a fan of the kind of martial arts Seagal typically practices in his famous action films.

"Every country is involved in espionage", Seagal said, USA Today writes.

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