Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Hollywood actor Steven Seagal now Russian envoy

Hollywood actor Steven Seagal now Russian envoy

Russia's Foreign Ministry announced Saturday that it had made Michigan-born actor Steven Seagal, 66, its "special representative" for improving Russian-U.S. relations. 'I have worked tirelessly in this direction for many years unofficially and I am now very grateful for the opportunity to do the same thing officially'.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with U Steven Seagal while visiting an oceanarium at Russky Island in the far eastern city of Vladivostok September 4, 2015.

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".

Actor Steven Seagal attends the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15. "As for worldwide practice, you can draw a parallel with the functions of United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors".

Relations between Russian Federation and the U.S. have soured over allegations that Moscow interfered in the 2016 United States presidential race, which Russian Federation repeatedly denies. The countries have also been at odds over the Syrian civil war and the Russian annexation of Crimea.

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

Seagal's films, which often highlight his martial arts skills, are popular in Europe.

In response to the notably unpaid engagement, Seagal said he was "deeply humbled and honoured" on Twitter. Seagal has been accused by many women over the years, including Jenny McCarthy, Portia de Rossi, and Rachel Grant, to name a few.

"And this kind of propaganda is really a diversion ... so that the people in the United States of America won't really see what's happening", Seagal continued, praising Putin as "a great world leader" and "brilliant tactician".

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