Russian Federation names Steven Seagal as special U.S. envoy

Sheila Mcguire
August 8, 2018

The decision to appoint celebrated actor Steven Seagal, who is a Russian citizen, as a Russian foreign ministry envoy for Russian-US humanitarian ties was a well-grounded step as Moscow sees it as a message to all those in the US who don't want bilateral cooperation to degrade, a senior Russian lawmaker told TASS on Sunday. 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 fame peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s with films such as Under Siege and Above the Law, but he remains hugely popular in eastern Europe and was granted both Russian and Serbian citizenships in 2016. However, things have really only gotten worse since then.

The ministry further stated the Seagal's unpaid role will be similar to the United Nations' goodwill ambassador.

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He has previously hung out with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a fellow martial arts fan.

In 2016, state media reported that Serbia had offered him citizenship for offering to open a martial-arts academy in Belgrade. Former co-stars have often talked about the actor's violent temper on the set of his movies, which doesn't really bode well for negotiating peace between two countries.

Since then, U.S. -Russia relations have only got worse however with U.S. intelligence agencies accusing Moscow of interfering in Donald Trump's White House run, an allegation Russian Federation denies. He had this to say.

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

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

President Donald Trump has been criticized for his reluctance to speak out against Russian Federation or President Vladimir Putin, and the addition to Steven Seagal into the mix isn't going to help matters.

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