Putin Names Steven Seagal Goodwill Ambassador To U.S. As Twitter Weeps

06 August, 2018, 09:28 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • Alexei Druzhinin  TASS

'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'.

Back in 2016, President Vladimir Putin presented a Russian passport to Seagal in effort to help relations between Moscow and the United States.

After Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, Seagal called Putin "one of the great living world leaders" and even performed with his blues band in the annexed Black Sea peninsula.

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Actor Steven Seagal attends the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15.

The unpaid position will be similar to a United Nations goodwill ambassador's role, the foreign ministry said.

Shortly after the presentation, however, relations between the two countries took a turn for the worse as US intelligence agencies began accusing Moscow of interfering with the election of now-U.S. president Donald Trump. 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.

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Actor Steven Seagal speaks at a news conference, while attending an opening ceremony for a research and development center in Moscow, Russia, Sept. 22, 2015.

He has previously hung out with Russia's Putin, a fellow martial arts fan.

The Washington Post was unable to immediately reach Seagal for comment. President Vladimir Putin and Seagal are close friends, which is more than likely why this new position was given.

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In November 2016, the Kremlin announced that Seagal had received Russian citizenship. Whatever the case may be, Steven Seagal is honored that he was chosen to take on his new role to improve relations.

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