Actor Steven Seagal made special US-Russia envoy

Irene MckinneyAug 06, 2018

"And this kind of propaganda is really a diversion ... so that the people in the United States of America won't really see what's happening", Seagal continued, praising Putin as "a great world leader" and "brilliant tactician".

Seagal is an accomplished martial artist - like Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But on Saturday, Russia honored Seagal again, this time with a position as a special envoy to the United States.

In an unconventional pick, action star Steven Seagal has been named as Russia's special representative to the U.S.

"Steven Seagal was appointed as the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative for Russian-US humanitarian ties", the ministry said.

It said Seagal would "facilitate relations between Russian Federation and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges".

"I've always had a very strong desire to do all I can to help improve Russian-American relations", RT quoted Seagal.

He has previously hung out with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a fellow martial arts fan. 'I have worked tirelessly in this direction for many years unofficially and I am now very grateful for the opportunity to do the same thing officially'. Also that year, California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher credited Seagal with facilitating meetings for a congressional delegation that visited Russian Federation in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings to investigate the suspects' backgrounds and discuss intelligence sharing issues.

Seagal, 66, could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday.

In 2015, BuzzFeed News reported that two years earlier, Putin had suggested to then-President Barack Obama that he could make Seagal the honorary Russian consul to California and Arizona.

A Kremlin spokesperson cited Seagal's "warm feelings toward Russia" and his celebrity status as reasons for the gesture, according to Reuters.

Reacting to the appointment, Seagal said he was "deeply humbled and honoured".

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