Russian Federation appoints actor Steven Seagal to deepen ties with US

Danny Woods
August 6, 2018

In a Facebook post on Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that Seagal has been appointed to a new role, which will apparently be unpaid.

The 66-year-old action star, who appeared in more than 60 movies, including "Above the Law" and 'Under Siege, ' said that he was "sincerely grateful" to the Russian Foreign Ministry for the opportunity.

Seagal has been a regular visitor to Russia for years, and Putin granted the American actor a Russian passport in 2016.

According to the ministry, the position was created to deepen humanitarian ties, as well as cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries.

Putin personally presented a Russian passport to USA actor, saying he hoped it would serve as a symbol of how fractious ties between Moscow and Washington were starting to improve.

It would be recalled that an alleged Russian spy with apparent ties to a Donald Trump campaigner in has been in the news concerning Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election.

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"It's a case of people's diplomacy intersecting with traditional diplomacy", the ministry said of the appointment, likening Seagal's role to that of a United Nations goodwill ambassador.

Seagal was cited by Kremlin-backed TV station RT as welcoming the appointment.

"I've always tried to do everything possible to help Russian-American relations to improve", Seagal, who hold both Russian and USA passports, said to TASS news agency.

Last year, Ukraine banned Seagal from entering the country for five years, citing national security reasons.

According to Seagal's own website, the 66-year-old has been a regular visitor to Russian Federation for over a decade.

The 66-year-old actor was born in Lansing, the capital city of USA state of MI.

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