Steven Seagal: 'Deeply humbled' to be appointed 'special representative' by Russian Federation

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

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

Long before Seagal and Putin became buds, the dual citizen tried in jest to influence the Russian president's reputation overseas.

Steven Seagal appointed special representative of the foreign Ministry of Russia on the Russian-American cultural ties....

The US martial artist and action movie star says he takes his appointment as Russia's special envoy to US "very seriously".

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

Action movie star Steven Seagal has been appointed as a Russian envoy to the U.S., according to a statement from Moscow's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The foreign ministry said that Seagal was to combine "people's diplomacy and traditional diplomacy", much like a United Nations' goodwill ambassador.

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Seagal is now officially going to develop relations between Russian Federation and the United States in the field of culture, art, public and youth exchanges, etc.

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In 2013, BuzzFeed reported that Putin suggested to President Barack Obama that Seagal serve as an honorary envoy of Russian Federation to help improve relations between the two countries.

Seagal, who sometimes appears on Russian state TV to talk about his views and career, was cited by Kremlin-backed TV station Russia Today (RT) as welcoming the appointment.

Russian Federation is like a second "home" to Seagal. The American actor was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and is said to enjoy a friendly relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He attended Putin's recent swearing-in ceremony in May.

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