Actor Steven Seagal appointed Russian ministry's 'special repres

  • Actor Steven Seagal appointed Russian ministry's 'special repres

Actor Steven Seagal appointed Russian ministry's 'special repres

The statement reads that Seagal's portfolio in the unpaid position would be to 'facilitate relations between Russian Federation and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges'.

The Russian foreign minister announced on Facebook that the actor will be its special envoy for humanitarian ties with the US.

Relations between Russian Federation and the USA have soured over allegations that Moscow interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, which Russian Federation repeatedly denies.

Seagal is a longtime supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin and is a Russian citizen. "Naturally, Russian citizenship and a Russian passport will make it easier for you to meet your friends and carry out your plans", Mr. Putin said at the time.

The actor, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2016, has vocally defended the Russian leader's policies, including Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, and has criticized the USA government.

In 2013, BuzzFeed reported that Putin suggested to President Barack Obama that Seagal serve as an honorary envoy of Russian Federation to help improve relations between the two countries.

Seagal's new role was noted by Kremlin-backed TV station RT, who noted Seagal as welcoming the appointment.

The 66-year-old has called President Putin "one of the great living world leaders", and when Seagal was granted Russian citizenship, said he hoped it would be a symbol of how relations between Moscow and Washington were starting to improve.

Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan. Last year, be was banned from Ukraine for five years, apparently because of his support for Putin's policies.