Seagal has also been one of Putin's biggest supporters, and defended the Russian leader against charges of US election meddling during an interview with Piers Morgan on "Good Morning Britain" past year. President Putin, while presenting Seagal a Russian passport in 2016, said that he hoped the gesture would serve as a symbol of how fractious ties between Moscow and Washington were starting to improve. On Saturday, Russian officials tapped him for another role: special representative to improve relations between the United States and Russia. This will cover "culture, art, public and youth exchanges, among other things", the Russian Foreign Ministry said on its Facebook page. The countries have also been at odds over the Syrian civil war and the Russian annexation of Crimea.
Relations between the two countries have been fraught as US intelligence agencies have accused Russian Federation of interfering in the 2016 elections and have warned it could do so again in the November contests.
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Former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage tweeted that Jones was " the victim today of collusion by the big tech giants ". BuzzFeed News reported on Sunday that Apple had removed five podcasts associated with InfoWars from iTunes and its podcast app.
Seagal, who occasionally appears on Russian state television, said he welcomed the appointment, Reuters reported.
"I've always tried to do everything possible to help Russian-American relations to improve", Seagal, who hold both Russian and United States passports, said to TASS news agency. Seagal once referred to Putin as "one of the great living world leaders". Trump and Seagal have both said over the years that the United States would greatly benefit from a strong relationship with Russian Federation.
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But Wahhaj and Morten initially refused to follow commands and Wahhaj was armed with a rifle and four handguns, Hogrefe said. The boy's mother told police he left with his father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, for a trip to a park and never returned.
The 66-year-old martial arts star - who rose to fame in the 1980's and 1990's for his roles in movies such as "Above the Law" and "Under Siege" - was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and is a vocal supporter of President Vladimir Putin. In any event, Seagal's appointment is an inspiring story that even in the #MeToo era, it's possible to bounce back from sexual assault accusations and get a prestigious political position.
It is the latest honour Russian Federation has bestowed upon Seagal.
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In northern Europe , Sweden is still under threat from wildfire which in recent weeks have extended into the Arctic Circle. Thousands of Brits will be jetting off on their holidays this week with Spain and Portugal two very popular destinations.