Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Steven Seagal named as U.S. envoy by Russian Federation

Steven Seagal named as U.S. envoy by Russian Federation

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" past year. Seagal, who became a Russian citizen in 2016, is a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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

Actor Steven Seagal is seen here speaking to CNN on January 25, 2013.

In a Facebook post, the Russian Foreign Ministry said his role is to facilitate relations between the two countries "in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges".

Relations between the two countries have been fraught as US intelligence agencies have accused Russian Federation of interfering in the 2016 elections and have warned it could do so again in the November contests. The ministry likened the role to that of a United Nations goodwill ambassador.

As for Russian and United States relations now, things are a bit contentious, to say the least. The countries have also been at odds over the Syrian civil war and the Russian annexation of Crimea.

"I think this way Russian Federation demonstrates its willingness to do its best so that negative changes in the relations never become irreversible", he said.

Seagal, 66, could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday. He starred in film such as Under Siege and Above The Law. The actor attended Putin's recent swearing-in ceremony in May.

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

Like Putin, Seagal is an expert in Judo, as well as Akido and Karate.

In a video of the event, Putin and Seagal shake hands.

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