Russia Appoints Steven Seagal to Improve U.S. Cultural Ties

According to the statement, Seagal's role is "to contribute to the further development of Russian-American relations in the humanitarian sphere", and does not carry any monetary reward.

"It's a case of people's diplomacy intersecting with traditional diplomacy", the ministry said of the appointment, likening Seagal's role to that of a United Nations goodwill ambassador.

"I hope we can strive for peace, harmony and positive results in the world". Russia. His movies, including such titles as Under Siege and Sniper: Special Ops, are popular with Russian audiences.

In response to the notably unpaid engagement, Seagal said he was "deeply humbled and honoured" on Twitter.

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.

As for the choice of Steven Seagal to be the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative to improve United States and Russian relations, that seems a bit puzzling. This will cover "culture, art, public and youth exchanges, among other things", the Russian Foreign Ministry said on its Facebook page. The actor attended Putin's recent swearing-in ceremony in May.

Last May, Seagal was banned from entering Ukraine for five years after appearing on stage during a concert in Crimea, which Kiev still considers own territory despite the peninsula voting to reunite with Russian in 2014.

"Our reaction was, 'You've got to be kidding, '" an official with the Obama administration told BuzzFeed in 2015.

Russian Federation isn't the only country offering overtures to Seagal.

Seagal was also granted Serbian citizenship in 2016, following several visits to the Balkan country. And in a 2013 interview with news channel RT, Seagal said he believed Putin "is one of the greatest world leaders, if not the greatest world leader, alive today".

  • Kyle Peterson