Russian Federation names Steven Seagal as special envoy for bilateral ties

  • Russian Federation names Steven Seagal as special envoy for bilateral ties

Russian Federation names Steven Seagal as special envoy for bilateral ties

Seagal is known for his roles doing martial arts in action films such as Above the Law and Under Siege.

American actor Steven Seagal, who took Russian citizenship and got a job in the foreign Ministry, will be engaged in advocacy work.

Russia appointed actor Steven Seagal as a "special representative" on US-Russian humanitarian ties, the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on its official Facebook page Saturday.

That is according to the actor's statement he posted on Twitter.

In recognition of his love and support of all things Russian, and presumably of his close friendship with the country's leader Vladimir Putin, American actor Steven Seagal can add the title of Russian special representative to the United States to his long and colorful CV.

For more than a decade Seagal, who according to his own website is 66, has been a regular visitor to Russian Federation.

"In his new capacity Seagal is expected to promote the development and implementation of various projects of bilateral cooperation in the fields of culture, art, science, education, sports, public and youth exchanges, participate in relevant events on Russian territory and overseas and maintain contacts with US partners", it said in a statement.

A Kremlin spokesman cited Seagal's "warm feelings toward Russia" and his celebrity status as reasons for the gesture, Reuters reported.

He said he had called Putin "one of the world's great leaders"; he described the Russian president as a personal friend and expressed a desire to improve relations between the United States and Russia.

A 7th-dan black belt in the Japanese martial art Aikido, he was the first foreigner to open a dojo of the style in Japan, a feat few non-Japanese martial artists achieve. Further advancing his credentials in the Slavic world is his Serbian citizenship, which he received in early 2016, prior to the Russian one, after he offered to set up an Aikido dojo in Belgrade.