Actor Steven Seagal made special US-Russia envoy

Aug 06, 2018, 00:28
Actor Steven Seagal made special US-Russia envoy

It would be recalled that an alleged Russian spy with apparent ties to a Donald Trump campaigner in has been in the news concerning Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election.

"Steven Seagal was appointed as the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative for Russian-US humanitarian ties", the ministry said.

The unpaid position involves fostering bilateral relations in the fields of "culture, art, public and youth exchanges", according to Moscow. The two countries are also at odds over Syria and Ukraine.

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"It is the case when people's diplomacy meets halfway traditional diplomacy", the ministry said in the statement. Seagal, who is known for his affinity for martial arts, will receive no salary in his new role. He has also been accused of sexual misconduct by several women amid the viral #MeToo campaign, which he has denied.

The Flight of Fury star, still popular with Russian audiences, has recently defended the Russian government over claims that it meddled in 2016 United States elections.

Seagal sometimes appears on Russian state TV to talk about his views and career, was cited by Kremlin-backed TV station RT as welcoming the appointment.

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"I've always tried to do everything possible to help Russian-American relations to improve", Seagal, who hold both Russian and United States passports, said to TASS news agency.

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

The U.S. Intelligence Community had repeatedly stated Russian Federation interfered with the election. His movies, including such titles as "Under Siege" and 'Sniper: Special Ops, ' are popular with Russian audiences.

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The 66-year-old actor was born in Lansing, the capital city of USA state of MI.