Steven Seagal made Russia-US envoy

World       by Dawood Rehman | Published

World by Dawood Rehman | Published

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"I am deeply humbled and honored to have been appointed as a special representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in charge of Russian and American Humanitarian ties", Seagal tweeted. "As for worldwide practice, you can draw a parallel with the functions of United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors".

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.

Steven Seagal was granted the Russian citizenship in November 2016.

Cultural ties between Russian Federation and the USA have been hampered by the current diplomatic impasse.

The American action star Steven Seagal, an avid supporter of Vladimir Putin, has thanked Russia's Foreign Ministry for appointing him as special envoy for Russian-American humanitarian relations.

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His duties will involve promoting bilateral ties in a wide range of fields including culture, art, science, education, sports, public and youth exchanges, that will see him participate in relevant events both in Russian Federation and overseas, and maintain contacts with U.S. partners. "I take this honour very seriously".

Seagal expressed his commitment to Russia after becoming a citizen, saying that he "lived here often", felt "very at home", and "loved it here", Russian state-owned news agency TASS wrote in 2017. The two countries are also at odds over Syria and Ukraine.

However, the Michigan-born actor also had to pay a price for his allegiances.

A statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday says that Seagal's unpaid role aims to strengthen "contacts, mutual understanding and trust between the peoples of Russia and the United States".

Seagal has claimed that his father was a Russian Mongol, and described himself as "Russian" even before receiving Russian citizenship. "As a Buddhist, Zen teacher, and healer, Steven lives by the principles that the development of the physical self is essential to protect the spiritual man ..."

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