Action star Steven Seagal named Russia’s special envoy to US

Action star Steven Seagal named Russia’s special envoy to US

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with USA actor Steven Seagal after presenting a Russian passport to him during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on November 25, 2016.

Seagal praised Putin as "one of the great living world leaders" when he was granted Russian citizenship, and first received notoriety in the 1980s and 90s for roles in pictures such as Under Siege and Flight of Fury.

The Russian ministry said he would not be paid for his envoy role.

The actor, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2016, has robustly defended the Russian leader's policies and once told Piers Morgan on ITV's Good Morning Britain that anyone who thought Putin had attempted to rig the United States elections was "stupid".

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

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He called Putin a personal friend and expressed a desire to improve relations between the United States and Russian Federation.

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

Actor Steven Seagal on Sunday embraced his new role as a "special representative" of the Russian Foreign Ministry, saying he takes the role "very seriously". He had this to say.

The ministry announced the move on its Facebook page on Saturday evening, local time.

The U.S. Intelligence Community had repeatedly stated Russian Federation interfered with the election.

"The task is to promote the further development of Russian-American relations in the humanitarian sphere, including interaction in the field of culture, art, public and youth exchanges and more", it added.

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