The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday August 4th it had made US actor Steven Seagal a special representative for Russia-US ties. His role is meant to deepen cultural relations between the two countries.
A Russian passport was given to Seagal in 2016 by President Putin who is a fan of the kind of martial arts often practiced by Seagal in his Hollywood action movies.
According to Reuters, the Russian Foreign Ministry linked Seagal’s new role to that of a UN goodwill ambassador and said the actor would receive no salary.
Seagal was quoted by the Kremlin-backed TV station Russia Today (RT) as welcoming the appointment: “I've always had a very strong desire to do all I can to help improve Russian-American relations. 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.”