Putin Names Steven Seagal Goodwill Ambassador To U.S. As Twitter Weeps
06 August, 2018, 09:27 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
In the interview, Seagal also praised Putin as "a great world leader" and a "brilliant tactician".
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with USA actor Steven Seagal after presenting a Russian passport to him during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on November 25, 2016.
The Russian Foreign Ministry announced the appointment on its Facebook page on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.
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.
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He has previously hung out with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a fellow martial arts fan. Seagal will not accept a salary for apprising the role, akin to a United Nations' goodwill ambassador position both in terms of penance and responsibility. Also that year, California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher credited Seagal with facilitating meetings for a congressional delegation that visited Russian Federation in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings to investigate the suspects' backgrounds and discuss intelligence sharing issues. He said he had called Putin "ONE of the World's Great Leaders".
Seagal was also granted Serbian citizenship in 2016, following several visits to the Balkan country. Whatever the case may be, Steven Seagal is honored that he was chosen to take on his new role to improve relations.
Seagal's new role was noted by Kremlin-backed TV station RT, who noted Seagal as welcoming the appointment.
In a Twitter post on Monday morning (NZ time) the martial artist wrote on social media that he is "deeply humbled and honoured to have been appointed as a special representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in charge of Russian and American Humanitarian ties".
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