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Russia appoints action film star Steven Seagal as US envoy

Russia has appointed martial artist and action film star Steven Seagal as a special envoy to improve ties with the United States. 

In a Facebook post, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the Under Siege has been appointed to a new role, which allegedly will be unpaid.

His responsibility will be to “facilitate relations between Russia and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges.”

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

Then in November 2016, Mr Seagal visited the Russian president at the Kremlin and was granted Russian citizenship. 

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

In a 2013 interview with news channel RT, Seagal said he believed Mr Putin was “one of the greatest world leaders, if not the greatest world leader, alive today.” 

Courtesy: Independent