Russia Names Steven Seagal As US Envoy | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

Russia Names Steven Seagal As US Envoy | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

Russia Names Steven Seagal As US Envoy | Newsradio 1020 KDKA

Seagal has been closely connected to Putin over the past few years, even attending the Russian president's swearing-in ceremony after this year's Russian election earlier this year.

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

"Stephen Seagal has been appointed special representative of the ministry of foreign affairs of Russia on Russian-American Humanitarian Ties", the foreign ministry said on its website.

Steven Seagal is trading his martial arts training for diplomatic skills in his new role as the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative to improve United States and Russian relations.

The ministry said on August 4 that Seagal's unpaid position would be meant to "facilitate relations between Russian Federation and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public, and youth exchanges".

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"I hope we can strive for peace, harmony and positive results in the world", he added.

Actor Steven Seagal is seen here speaking to CNN on January 25, 2013. Seagal will not accept a salary for apprising the role, akin to a United Nations' goodwill ambassador position both in terms of penance and responsibility. Seagal said, "I've always had a very strong desire to do all I can to help improve Russian-American relations".

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.

President Donald Trump has been criticized for his reluctance to speak out against Russian Federation or President Vladimir Putin, and the addition to Steven Seagal into the mix isn't going to help matters.

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

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