Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Russian Federation appoints actor Steven Seagal as 'special representative'

Russian Federation appoints actor Steven Seagal as 'special representative'

More recently, Mr. Seagan received Russian citizenship in 2016 and was personally handed his Russian passport by President Vladimir Putin.

The Russian Foreign Ministry likened Seagal's new role to that of a United Nations goodwill ambassador and said that the actor, who is known for his martial arts prowess, would receive no salary.

The Foreign Ministry announced the move on its Facebook page, saying Seagal's portfolio in the unpaid position would be to "facilitate relations between Russian Federation and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges".

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday that it has appointed American actor Steven Seagal as a "special representative" for Russian-American humanitarian relations.

"It is the case when people's diplomacy meets halfway traditional diplomacy", the ministry said in the statement.

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Ukraine banned Seagal from the country a year ago, deeming him a national security threat.

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", the action movie star told TASS news agency.

The announcement comes with Russia-US ties at a low ebb, over long-standing conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, which Moscow rejects. "I have worked tirelessly in this direction for many years unofficially and I am now very grateful for the opportunity to do the same thing officially".

The 66-year-old actor is also among the Hollywood figures accused of sexual misconduct during the "Me Too" campaign.

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