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09 August 2018, 12:15 | Myron Mathis
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AMERICAN action-movie star Steven Seagal has played a former Central Intelligence Agency agent, a hit man and a killer of criminals during his career. The unpaid position was likened to that of a UN Goodwill Ambassador.
The Under Siege actor has been recruited to widen ties with the United States in the humanitarian field, assisting "cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges", accordant to Russia's foreign ministry.
As The Guardian noted in November 2016, Putin personally handed Seagal his Russian passport, congratulated the actor, and hailed the manouver as the beginning of normalization of the relations between Russia and the United States.
Relations between the two countries have been fraught as USA intelligence agencies have accused Russian Federation of interfering in the 2016 elections and have warned it could do so again in the November mid-term contests.
While some might doubt his diplomatic credentials, Seagal has not been shy about sharing his views on the ties between the two countries.
Recall that Segal received Russian citizenship in the fall of 2016. The two have attended several martial arts events together.
"I've always tried to do everything possible to help Russian-American relations to improve".
Seagal, who became a Russian citizen in 2016, is a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Despite the unfortunate propaganda going on I remain fully committed to working tirelessly towards this end and I am tremendously grateful for this opportunity", Seagal also told TASS. As The Guardian noted, Seagal called Putin "one of the great living world leaders" and even performed with his blues band in Crimea. Seagal's familiy is originally from Russia, but other celebrities have been granted Russian citizenship for various reasons.
President Putin is also a fan of the kind of martial arts that Seagal often practiced in his Hollywood action movies.
"Every country is involved in espionage", Seagal said, USA Today writes.
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