Putin Names Steven Seagal Goodwill Ambassador To U.S. As Twitter Weeps

Allen Berezovsky Getty Images North America—AFP

Allen Berezovsky Getty Images North America—AFP

Seagal attended the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation last month and was also among the guests when Putin was sworn in for a fourth term in May.

President Putin is also a fan of the kind of martial arts that Seagal often practiced in his Hollywood action movies.

Relations between the two countries have been fraught as USA intelligence agencies have accused Russian Federation of interfering in the 2016 elections and have warned it could do so again in the November contests. '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'. Seagal will not accept a salary for apprising the role, akin to a United Nations' goodwill ambassador position both in terms of penance and responsibility.

Russian President Vladimir Putin granted Russian citizenship to Seagal in a 2016 ceremony and personally presented the actor with a new Russian passport. 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".

While Seagal is popular in Russian Federation, he has been accused in the U.S. of sexual misconduct.

CNN has reached out Seagal's spokesperson for comment.

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He called Putin a personal friend and expressed a desire to improve relations between the United States and Russian Federation.

Actor Steven Seagal on Sunday embraced his new role as a "special representative" of the Russian Foreign Ministry, saying he takes the role "very seriously".

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

In a video of the event, Putin and Seagal shake hands.

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.

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