In November In 2016, Michigan-born martial arts and action star Steven Seagal visited Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin to get an unusual gift: his own Russian passport.
Seagal's grandmother was born in Vladivostok, and the actor and Putin share a passion for martial arts. However, Seagal has criticized his bromans with the controversial Russian leader: He has promised Putin's annexation of the Crimea, for example, and last year he forbade him to enter Ukraine for five years, claiming he has "committed socially dangerous actions "that could threaten their safety.
But on Saturday, Russia seagled Seagal again, this time with a special envoy against the United States.
In a Facebook post on Saturday, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Seagal has been appointed a new role, which will obviously be unpaid. His responsibility will be to "facilitate relations between Russia and the United States in the humanitarian area, including cooperation in culture, art, exchanges of people and youth."
Washington Post could not immediately reach Seagal for comments.
In 2015, BuzzFeed News reported that two years earlier, Putin had proposed to President Barack Obama that he could make Seagal the Honorary Russian Consulate to California and Arizona. "Our reaction was," You have to cheat, "told a US official BuzzFeed, referring to the offer.
Russia is not the only country offering transitions to Seagal. In 2016, Serbian government media reported that the government had offered Seagal citizenship to offer to open a martial arts academy in Belgrade.
Seagal seems particularly interested in the former Soviet Union. He has also been visited with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. And in an interview from 2013 with the news channel RT, Seagal said that he believed Putin "is one of the world's leading leaders, if not the world's greatest leader, living today."
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