Russian Federation names Steven Seagal as special USA envoy

Actor Steven Seagal attends the SMASH Global V pre Oscar fight at Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles California

Russian Federation names Steven Seagal as special USA envoy

Seagal says: "I'll never, ever falter".

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.

"I hope we can strive for peace, harmony and positive results in the world", he added.

The ministry announced the move on its Facebook page on Saturday evening, local time.

His responsibility will be to "facilitate relations between Russian Federation and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges". Also that year, California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher credited Seagal with facilitating meetings for a congressional delegation that visited Russian Federation in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings to investigate the suspects' backgrounds and discuss intelligence sharing issues.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with USA actor Steven Seagal after presenting a Russian passport to him during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on November 25, 2016.

Seagal's films, which often highlight his martial arts skills, are popular in Europe.

He has defended Putin's policies, including the 2014 annexation of Crimea, and has criticized the USA government.

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".

"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.

Action-movie star Steven Seagal has played a former Central Intelligence Agency agent, a hit man and a killer of criminals. He's also visited with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Belarusan President Alexander Lukashenko.

Steven Seagal once referred to Putin as "one of the great living world leaders".

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