In an unorthodox selection, movie star Steven Seagal has been named as Russia’s special representative to the U.S.
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.
While the 66-year-old star of ’90s karate flicks such as Above The Law and Out For Justice might come across as a strange choice, Seagal has been wooed by Russian President Vladimir Putin the past few years.
Seagal obtained Russian citizenship back in 2016, where he’s been forthright in his defense of Putin, calling him even a “great, great, great world leader, maybe, the greatest.”
It is not the first time however Russia has attempted to give Seagal some sort of semi-official status. In 2013, Putin inclined Seagal to be the country’s honorary consul in Arizona and California.
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 hope we can strive for peace, harmony and positive results in the world.
I take this honour very seriously pic.twitter.com/LTuUxsk1aZ
— Steven Seagal (@sseagalofficial) August 5, 2018
In reply to the latest engagement, Seagal on Twitter said he was “deeply humbled and honored”.
“I hope we can strive for peace, harmony and positive results in the world. I take this honour very seriously,” he included.
Amidst soured relations between Russia and the U.S. due to supposed interference in the 2016 presidential election, perhaps Russia is hoping the sentiment of Seagal may assist in easing things up.
Apart from his commitments with Russia, Seagal has co-signed dubious cryptocurrency schemes and has been accused by numerous women, including Portia De Rossi and Bond actress Rachel Grant, of abuse and sexual harassment.
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