Steven Seagal appointed Russia’s special envoy to improve United States ties

Tonya Becker
August 6, 2018

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

Seagal was seen at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation and was also among the guests when Putin was sworn in for a fourth term in May.

He has previously hung out with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a fellow martial arts fan. "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 foreign ministry said the unpaid role will be similar to the United Nations' goodwill ambassador positions.

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.

The Washington Post was unable to immediately reach Seagal for comment.

Steven Seagal once referred to Putin as "one of the great living world leaders".

It is the latest honour Russian Federation has bestowed upon Seagal.

Seagal's grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, according to a biography on IMDB.

Seagal thanked the Russian government for his new role, describing the appointment as "a great honor".

It is unclear how Seagal who was given Russian citizenship in 2016 will go about accomplishing that goal.

Steven Seagal was granted Russian citizenship from Vladimir Putin back in 2016, and now the star of such action flicks as "Above the Law" and "Under Siege" is being pressed into service as a special envoy tasked with improving Russia-U.S. relations.

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

Actor Steven Seagal speaks at a news conference, while attending an opening ceremony for a research and development center in Moscow, Russia, Sept. 22, 2015.

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