Action-Film Actor Seagal 'Humbled And Honored' By Russia Appointment

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The position is not paid and will be similar to the United Nations' goodwill ambassador positions, the statement said.

The Under Siege actor has been recruited to widen ties with the United States in the humanitarian field, assisting "cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges", accordant to Russia's foreign ministry.

Recall that the actor Steven Seagal, who has Russian citizenship, was appointed special representative of the Ministry of foreign Affairs on issues of humanitarian relations between Russia and the United States.

While some might doubt his diplomatic credentials, Seagal has not been shy about sharing his views on the ties between the two countries. The two have attended several martial arts events together.

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"I've always had a very strong desire to do all I can to help improve Russian-American relations", RT cited Seagal as saying.

In his first big role in the 1988 movie Above the Law, he played a former Central Intelligence Agency agent, and in one of his latest films, Mercenary: Absolution, he played a contract killer.

The "Above the Law" actor has previously praised President Putin as a "great world leader" and "brilliant tactician" and defended him against allegations of meddling in elections in the US.

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. He has become a fixture at Russian film festivals and on Saturday Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova posted a photo of herself with Seagal at a film festival in Baku, Azerbaijan, which she captioned "with a work colleague".

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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 U.S. and Russia.

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

"Every country is involved in espionage", Seagal said, USA Today writes.

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