Hollywood actor Steven Seagal now Russian envoy

Seagal takes credit U.S.-Russia meeting

Moscow appoints action star Steven Seagal special envoy on Russia-US humanitarian ties

This will cover "culture, art, public and youth exchanges, among other things", the Russian Foreign Ministry said on its Facebook page.

"I've always had a very strong desire to do all I can to help improve Russian-American relations", he told the Kremlin-backed television station RT.

The U.S. and Russian Federation have a weirdly erratic relationship right now. Both countries are at odds over Syria and Ukraine and there is still the issue of Russian hackers tampering with the 2016 elections in an effort to further divide the United States.

Mr. Seagal, 66, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

He's been "Under Seige" and "Above The Law", not to mention "Hard To Kill" and "Out For A Kill".

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.

The martial arts experts and the owner of a 7th-dan black belt in aikido is often credited as "Vladimir Putin's good friend" in the Western media after he signed his newly received Russian passport in the presence of the President in 2016.

Like Putin, Seagal is an expert in Judo, as well as Akido and Karate.

"And this kind of propaganda is really a diversion ... so that the people in the United States of America won't really see what's happening", Seagal continued, praising Putin as "a great world leader" and "brilliant tactician". Trump and Seagal have both said over the years that the United States would greatly benefit from a strong relationship with Russian Federation.

At the time, the Kremlin said the decision to grant citizenship to Seagal was driven by the actor's "warm feelings towards Russian Federation". The Putin-Seagal love affair has now taken a more interesting turn because as of now the semi-retired actor is being counted on to improve U.S.

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

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