Thursday 27 June 2019

Russia appoints Hollywood star Steven Seagal as 'goodwill ambassador' to US

Steven Seagal (AP)
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Russia has appointed action movie star Steven Seagal as a special envoy for humanitarian ties with the United States.

The foreign ministry announced the move on its Facebook page, saying Seagal's portfolio in the unpaid position would be to "facilitate relations between Russia and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges".

Hard To Kill and Under Siege star Seagal is an accomplished martial artist - like Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The actor, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2016, has robustly defended the Russian leader's policies, including Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, and has criticised the US government.

Last year, Ukraine banned Seagal from entering the country for five years, citing national security reasons.

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