Russia Tasks Hollywood Actor Seagal With Improving Russia-US Ties

Russia Tasks Hollywood Actor Seagal With Improving Russia-US Ties

Russia Tasks Hollywood Actor Seagal With Improving Russia-US Ties

Since then, U.S. -Russia relations have only got worse however with U.S. intelligence agencies accusing Moscow of interfering in Donald Trump's White House run, an allegation Russian Federation denies. The foreign ministry said that Seagal was to combine "people's diplomacy and traditional diplomacy", much like a United Nations' goodwill ambassador. While that may seem, let's say, confusing, it's not a complete shock if you've kept track of Seagal and his russophilia in the last few years.

The Hard To Kill action star is an accomplished martial artist, just like Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Steven Seagal has been named Moscow's envoy to the United States for "humanitarian ties", the Russian Foreign Ministry announced Saturday.

"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. hope we can strive for peace, harmony and positive results in the world. I take this honour very seriously", he wrote on Twitter.

Seagal was barred from entering Ukraine for five years after attending a concert in Crimea. "Our reaction was, 'You've got to be kidding, ' " a United States official told BuzzFeed, referring to the offer.

Russian Federation isn't the only country offering overtures to Seagal. There are a lot of reasons to be skeptical of about how successful this appointment will be (even if the motivations turn out to be honest and free of subterfuge), starting with the optics and the fact that lately Seagal seems to have leaned hard into a Bond villain aesthetic.

Seagal was also granted Serbian citizenship in 2016, following several visits to the Balkan country.

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.

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