Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Action movie star Steven Seagal named Russia's humanitarian envoy with US

Action movie star Steven Seagal named Russia's humanitarian envoy with US

The once-prolific actor has been recruited to deepen ties with the U.S.in the humanitarian field, assisting "cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges", according to Russia's foreign ministry.

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" previous year.

In the ever stranger world of politics, Russia's Foreign Ministry has announced that action movie actor Steven Seagal has been appointed special representative to improve Russian and US humanitarian ties.

It said Seagal would "facilitate relations between Russian Federation and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges".

The foreign ministry said the unpaid role will be similar to the United Nations' goodwill ambassador positions.

Seagal, whose paternal grandparents were Russian Jews, is one of a series of fading western stars who have become political trophies for the Kremlin by taking up Russian citizenship. The countries have also been at odds over the Syrian civil war and the Russian annexation of Crimea.

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The 66-year-old actor is also among the Hollywood figures accused of sexual misconduct during the "Me Too" campaign.

The star has also spoken out in defence of Putin amid claims that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election, the BBC reports.

"It is the case when people's diplomacy meets halfway traditional diplomacy", the ministry said in the statement. "Is Seagal a Russian citizen now?"

"I've always had a very strong desire to do all I can to help improve Russian-American relations", Seagal said.

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

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