Russia appoints Hollywood star Seagal as envoy for US

Russia appoints Hollywood star Seagal as envoy for US

Russia appoints Hollywood star Seagal as envoy for US

Steven Seagal received Russian citizenship in 2016.

The Russian Embassy to the U.S. revealed the news via its official Facebook page, announcing that the Russian Foreign Ministry had appointed Seagal, 66, a "special representative for Russian-U.S. humanitarian ties", the ministry said.

"I hope we can strive for peace, harmony and positive results in the world".

As for the choice of Steven Seagal to be the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative to improve United States and Russian relations, that seems a bit puzzling. Seagal, who became a Russian citizen in 2016, is a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Action movie star Steven Seagal has been appointed as a Russian envoy to the USA, according to a statement from Moscow's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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In response to the notably unpaid engagement, Seagal said he was "deeply humbled and honoured" on Twitter.

Seagal's grandmother was born in Vladivostok, Russia, and the two men share a passion for martial arts.

The once-prolific actor has been recruited to deepen ties with the the humanitarian field, assisting "cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges", according to Russia's foreign ministry.

Seagal, who holds a dual citizenship of the USA and Russian Federation, is known for his support of Vladimir Putin, to whom he once referred as "one of the greatest living world leaders". Seagal will not accept a salary for apprising the role, akin to a United Nations' goodwill ambassador position both in terms of penance and responsibility. He's also visited with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Belarusan President Alexander Lukashenko. And in a 2013 interview with news channel RT, Seagal said he believed Putin "is one of the greatest world leaders, if not the greatest world leader, alive today".

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