Russian Federation tasks actor Steven Seagal with improving US ties

08 August, 2018, 17:55 | Author: Norman Carr
  • Actor Steven Seagal attends the SMASH Global V pre Oscar fight at Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles California

Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had made U.S. actor Steven Seagal its special representative for Russian-U.S. humanitarian ties, a role it said was meant to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries.

"I hope we can strive for peace, harmony and positive results in the world", he added. "In worldwide practice it is possible to draw Parallels with the functions of the goodwill ambassadors of the United Nations", - said the press service of the foreign Ministry in its statement. "The task is to facilitate relations between Russian Federation and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, the arts, public and youth exchanges, and so on".

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

Hard To Kill and Under Siege star Seagal is an accomplished martial artist - like Russian president Vladimir Putin. 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.


Seagal, who holds a dual citizenship of the United States and Russian Federation, is known for his support of Vladimir Putin, to whom he once referred as "one of the greatest living world leaders".

This idea isn't actually new-in 2013 Putin suggested to then-President Obama that Seagal be appointed to just such a role, which left Obama "flabbergasted". "Our reaction was, 'You've got to be kidding, ' " a US official told BuzzFeed, referring to the offer.

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

Actor Steven Seagal on Sunday embraced his new role as a "special representative" of the Russian Foreign Ministry, saying he takes the role "very seriously". While that may seem, let's say, confusing, it's not a complete shock if you've kept track of Seagal and his russophilia in the last few years.

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