Russia Appoints Steven Seagal as Special Representative

Actor Steven Seagal attends the SMASH Global V pre Oscar fight at Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles California

Moscow appoints action star Steven Seagal special envoy on Russia-US humanitarian ties

The actor who is also a Russian citizen, confirmed the appointment on his Instagram page on Monday.

"Stephen Seagal has been appointed special representative of the ministry of foreign affairs of Russia on Russian-American Humanitarian Ties", the foreign ministry said on its website.

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

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According to the statement, the action star's role will be to promote US-Russia relations "in the humanitarian sphere", adding that the role will include collaboration "in the sphere of culture, public and youth exchanges". "I take this honour very seriously", he wrote on Twitter.

The ministry further stated the Seagal's unpaid role will be similar to the United Nations' goodwill ambassador.

Actor Steven Seagal is seen here speaking to CNN on January 25, 2013.

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

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

The actor, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2016, has robustly defended the Russian leader's policies, including Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, and has criticised the USA government. While that may seem, let's say, confusing, it's not a complete shock if you've kept track of Seagal and his russophilia in the last few years. He's also visited with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Belarusan President Alexander Lukashenko.

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Seagal received Russian citizenship back in 2016, where he's been outspoken in his defence of Putin, even calling him a "great, great, great world leader, maybe, the greatest".

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