Russia Appoints Martial Arts Star Steven Seagal Envoy to the US


The actor, who became a Russian citizen in 2016, shared the news on his Twitter.

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.

Steven Seagal, a martial artist, is popular in Europe and Russian circles for his action movies.

Actor Steven Seagal speaks at a news conference, while attending an opening ceremony for a research and development center in Moscow, Russia, Sept. 22, 2015.

Russian Federation appointed actor Steven Seagal as a special representative to improve ties with the United States. "In global practice it is possible to draw Parallels with the functions of the goodwill ambassadors of the United Nations", - said the press service of the foreign Ministry in its statement.

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.

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CNN has reached out to Seagal's spokesperson for comment. In his first big role in the 1988 movie Above the Law, Seagal played a former Central Intelligence Agency agent, and in one of his latest films, Mercenary: Absolution, he played a contract killer.

Russian Federation isn't the only country offering overtures to Seagal.

Seagal's grandmother was born in Vladivostok, and the actor and Putin share a passion for martial arts.

In 2014, Seagal posted a statement on his website to clarify that he had been misquoted by media outlets saying he called Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, the world's greatest leader. Seagal says: "I'll never, ever falter".