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Russian Federation names action-movie star Seagal as envoy for US

Russian Federation names action-movie star Seagal as envoy for US”

The Russian foreign minister announced on Facebook that the actor will be its special envoy for humanitarian ties with the US.

Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had made U.S. actor Steven Seagal its special representative for Russian-U.S. humanitarian ties, a role it said was meant to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries.

And in a 2013 interview with news channel RT, Seagal said he believed Putin "is one of the greatest world leaders, if not the greatest world leader, alive today".

Russian Federation has appointed action movie star Steven Seagal as a special envoy for humanitarian ties with the United States.

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.

Relations between Russian Federation and the USA have soured over allegations that Moscow interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, which Russian Federation repeatedly denies.

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The martial arts experts and the owner of a 7th-dan black belt in aikido is often credited as "Vladimir Putin's good friend" in the Western media after he signed his newly received Russian passport in the presence of the President in 2016.

But Seagal, star of Under Siege, Above the Law and Hard to Kill has faced criticism for his bromance with the Russian leader.

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

Seagal, who sometimes appears on Russian state TV to talk about his views and career, was cited by Kremlin-backed TV station RT as welcoming the appointment.

American Seagal, whose grandparents were Russian Jews, was granted Russian citizenship in 2016.

Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan.



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