Russian Federation appoints action star Steven Seagal as special envoy to US

Actor Steven Seagal attends the SMASH Global V pre Oscar fight at Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles California

President Vladimir Putin and Seagal are close friends, which is more than likely why this new position was given.

The announcement gives a nod to 2016, when Russian President Vladimir Putin presented a Russian passport to the American actor, saying that he hoped it could be symbolic of how Moscow's historically contentious relationship with Washington was beginning to improve.

Russian Federation has handed Hollywood movie star Steven Seagal the task of keeping relations cordial with the United States.

In the ever stranger world of politics, Russia's Foreign Ministry has announced that action movie actor Steven Seagal has been appointed special representative to improve Russian and US humanitarian ties.

The Foreign Ministry announced the move Saturday on its Facebook page.

The Foreign Ministry described Seagal's new role as that of a goodwill ambassador charged with deepening ties between the two nations on culture, art and youth.

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American Seagal, whose grandparents were Russian Jews, was granted Russian citizenship in 2016. "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". In his first big role in the 1988 movie Above the Law, Seagal played a former Central Intelligence Agency agent, and in one of his latest films, Mercenary: Absolution, he played a contract killer.

Seagal's films, which often highlight his martial arts skills, are popular in Europe. Back in 2013, Seagal was Putin's choice to lead a special diplomatic envoy.

Seagal was also granted Serbian citizenship in 2016, following several visits to the Balkan country.

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

Seagal was cited by Kremlin-backed TV station RT as welcoming the appointment.

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