A famous actor is to serve as goodwill ambassadors of the UN
Russian foreign Vedomosti reported that Steven Seagal appointed special representative of the foreign Ministry of Russia on the Russian-American cultural ties. "We are talking about socio-political positions, not involving monetary compensation, — underlined in the message. — The task was to promote the further development of Russian — American relations in the humanitarian sphere, including cooperation in the sphere of culture, art, public and youth exchanges and so forth."
In order to prevent possible questions, it is underlined that it will do a Hollywood actor on its my career. "In international practice there are Parallels with the functions of the goodwill ambassadors of the UN." Also noted that it was "the same case, when public diplomacy is found in traditional diplomacy".
Seagal himself is enthusiastic about his new role. "I have always tried to do everything they can to help Russian-American relations to become better, he said. — I have been working tirelessly for many years informally, and now I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to do it officially."
But some observers were skeptical of the appointment of Segal. For example, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul called the move a gesture of despair. "Steven Seagal is now a citizen of Russia? It will be 'interesting", — he wrote at itself in a microblog.
Recall that Steven Seagal has received Russian citizenship in the fall of 2016. Then, in early November, Vladimir Putin signed a decree granting him Russian citizenship. About the same time, the Russian authorities have asked the actor himself. Because, in his words, he "wanted a few months of the year to spend with your friends in Russia, with people who love it here and wait."