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Russian Federation names Steven Seagal ‘special representative’ to improve USA relations

Russian Federation names Steven Seagal ‘special representative’ to improve USA relations

In 2015, BuzzFeed News reported that two years earlier, Putin had suggested to then-President Barack Obama that he could make Seagal the honorary Russian consul to California and Arizona.

-Russian relations. The title bestowed upon him is that of a "special representative" for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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

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.

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced the appointment on Saturday saying Seagal's role would be to develop Russian-U.S. relations in the "humanitarian" sphere, including in the fields of culture, art and youth exchanges.

Reacting to the appointment, Seagal said he was "deeply humbled and honoured". "I take this honour very seriously".

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.

Seagal's grandmother was born in Vladivostok, and the actor and Putin share a passion for martial arts. He often comes to Russian Federation, repeatedly expressing his affection for the country.

Action-movie star Steven Seagal has played a former Central Intelligence Agency agent, a hit man and a killer of criminals.

American Seagal, whose grandparents were Russian Jews, was granted Russian citizenship in 2016. He's also visited with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Belarusan President Alexander Lukashenko.

In 2014, Seagal posted a statement on his website to clarify that he had been misquoted by media outlets saying he called Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, the world's greatest leader.


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