Russia names action-movie star Seagal as envoy for US

08 August, 2018, 17:51 | Author: Valerie Santiago
  • Moscow appoints action star Steven Seagal special envoy on Russia-US humanitarian ties

In November 2016, the Kremlin announced that Seagal had received Russian citizenship.

"I hope we can strive for peace, harmony and positive results in the world", he added.

Steven Seagal is trading his martial arts training for diplomatic skills in his new role as the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative to improve United States and Russian relations. The foreign ministry said that Seagal was to combine "people's diplomacy and traditional diplomacy", much like a United Nations' 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.

I take this honour very seriously indeed and I once again thank you for your friendship, strength and support.

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In a Facebook post, the Russian Foreign Ministry said his role is to facilitate relations between the two countries "in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges".

Seagal has been closely connected to Putin over the past few years, even attending the Russian president's swearing-in ceremony after this year's Russian election earlier this year. 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. But Seagal has faced some criticism for his bromance with the controversial Russian leader: He has praised Putin's annexation of Crimea, for example, and last year, Kiev banned him from entering Ukraine for five years, claiming he has "committed socially risky actions" that could threaten their security. President Vladimir Putin and Seagal are close friends, which is more than likely why this new position was given.

Russian Federation is like a second "home" to Seagal.

Seagal does seem particularly interested in the former Soviet Union.

Like Putin, Seagal is an expert in Judo, as well as Akido and Karate.

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