Russian Federation names Steven Seagal special envoy to US

Steven Seagal speaks at a news conference while attending an opening ceremony for a research and development center in Moscow Russia

He will be responsible for developing youth, cultural and artistic ties to Washington in the unpaid job.

Seagal is an "ardent supporter" and "close friend" of Russian president Vladimir Putin, according to CNN. However, things have really only gotten worse since then.

The Russian foreign ministry likened Seagal's new role to that of United Nations goodwill ambassadors, prominent individuals who volunteer to highlight important areas of the U.N.'s work.

Seagal has also been one of Putin's biggest supporters, and defended the Russian leader against charges of USA election meddling during an interview with Piers Morgan on "Good Morning Britain" previous year. -Russian relations. The title bestowed upon him is that of a "special representative" for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Former co-stars have often talked about the actor's violent temper on the set of his movies, which doesn't really bode well for negotiating peace between two countries. In any event, Seagal's appointment is an inspiring story that even in the #MeToo era, it's possible to bounce back from sexual assault accusations and get a prestigious political position.

Seagal, who occasionally appears on Russian state television, said he welcomed the appointment, Reuters reported. Both countries are at odds over Syria and Ukraine and there is still the issue of Russian hackers tampering with the 2016 elections in an effort to further divide the United States. He had this to say.

"Today I am deeply humbled and honoured to have been appointed as a special representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in charge of Russian and American Humanitarian ties. I take this honour very seriously", he added.

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

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