Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Russian Federation casts action movie star Steven Seagal as special envoy to US

Russian Federation casts action movie star Steven Seagal as special envoy to US

Russian Federation has appointed the U.S. actor Steven Seagal as a special envoy to improve ties with the United States.

President Putin is also a fan of the kind of martial arts that Seagal often practiced in his Hollywood action movies.

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

Action movie star Steven Seagal is appointed a special envoy for humanitarian ties with the USA by Russian Federation.

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".

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Seagal's defence of Putin's policies has included defending Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, which last year led to Ukraine banning Seagal from entering the country for five years, citing national security reasons. "As for global practice, you can draw a parallel with the functions of United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors".

Seagal's fame peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s with films such as Under Siege and Above the Law, but he remains hugely popular in eastern Europe and was granted both Russian and Serbian citizenships in 2016.

According to RT, Seagal told Russian news service Tass, "I've always had a very strong desire to do all I can to help improve Russian-American relations". "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".

Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan. He has praised Putin's annexation of Crimea, for example, and last year, Kiev banned him from entering Ukraine for five years, claiming he "committed socially unsafe actions" that could threaten its security.

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