Published: Thu, August 09, 2018

Steven Seagal made Russia-US envoy

Steven Seagal made Russia-US envoy

He commented on Twitter her appointment as special representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on issues of Russian-American cultural ties. "As for worldwide practice, you can draw a parallel with the functions of United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors".

While the 66-year-old star of '90s karate flicks such as Above The Law and Out For Justice might come across as a odd choice, Seagal has been wooed by Russian President Vladimir Putin the past few years. Seagal has vocally defended the Russian leader's policies, including Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, and has criticized the US government.

Cultural ties between Russian Federation and the United States have been hampered by the current diplomatic impasse.

The Russian Foreign Ministry statement said that Seagal's task will be to "foster the further development of Russian-American relations in the humanitarian sphere, including interactions in.culture, the arts, public and youth exchanges and so forth". "I take this honour very seriously". He often visits Russian Federation and repeatedly expressed his affection for this country. "I have worked tirelessly in this direction for many years unofficially and I am now very grateful for the opportunity to do the same thing officially".

A statement released by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday says that Seagal's unpaid role aims to strengthen "contacts, mutual understanding and trust between the peoples of Russia and the United States".

Seagal feels "deeply humbled and honoured" to have been given his new position. Then-president Barack Obama was "flabbergasted" at the suggestion. Two years ago, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka welcomed Seagal at his private residence at Ozerny, north of Minsk, showering him with gifts that included a book and a dagger.

Apart from having been granted Russian citizenship, Seagal has been granted Serbian citizenship.

Since February, Seagal has also become the brand ambassador for a cryptocurrency called Bitcoiin 2nd Generation, or Bitcoiin2Gen. "These are precisely the objectives of the Bitcoiin2Gen to empower the community by providing a decentralized P2P payment system with its own wallet, mining ecosystem, and robust blockchain platform without the need of any third party", read the press release announcing his appointment.

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