Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Russia appoint Steven Seagal as special envoy

Russia appoint Steven Seagal as special envoy

Seagal has also been one of Putin's biggest supporters, and defended the Russian leader against charges of US election meddling during an interview with Piers Morgan on "Good Morning Britain" past year.

Steven Seagal appointed special representative of the foreign Ministry of Russia on the Russian-American cultural ties....

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

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.

"The goal was to promote the further development of Russian - American relations in the humanitarian sphere, including cooperation in the sphere of culture, art, public and youth exchanges and so on", - noted in Department.

The president has said on multiple occasions that he believes the USA would benefit from improving relations with Russian Federation.

As for Russian and United States relations now, things are a bit contentious, to say the least.

The 66-year-old martial arts star - who rose to fame in the 1980's and 1990's for his roles in movies such as "Above the Law" and "Under Siege" - was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and is a vocal supporter of President Vladimir Putin.

For more than a decade Seagal, who according to his own website is 66, has been a regular visitor to Russian Federation.

The Independent says that Seagal has "faced some criticism for some comments he has made about the controversial Russian leader", including describing Putin as "one of the greatest world leaders" during a 2013 interview. "I take this honor very seriously".

Seagal's grandmother was born in Vladivostok, and the actor and Putin share a passion for martial arts.

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