Steven Seagal Appointed Russian Special Envoy to Improve U.S. Relations

Steven Seagal Appointed Russian Special Envoy to Improve U.S. Relations

Steven Seagal Appointed Russian Special Envoy to Improve U.S. Relations

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a Russian passport for United States actor Steven Seagal during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday that it had appointed the action star as a "special representative" for Russian-American humanitarian relations.

In March of this year, two women who previously accused Steven Seagal of rape and sexual assault stepped forward to offer more detailed accounts of the actor's alleged misconduct.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that Seagal has been appointed to a new role, which will apparently be unpaid.

His new role has been compared to that of a United Nations goodwill ambassador by the ministry.

Seagal won't be receiving any payment for doing the job, which the ministry described as "the case of people's diplomacy meeting with traditional diplomacy".

He has repeatedly defended Mr Putin's policies, including the annexation of Crimea.

Seagal sometimes appears on Russian state TV to talk about his views and career, was cited by Kremlin-backed TV station RT as welcoming the appointment.

According to Seagal's own website, the 66-year-old has been a regular visitor to Russian Federation for over a decade.

US actor Steven Seagal watches the Victory Day parade, marking the 73rd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia May 9, 2018. Russia. His movies, including such titles as Under Siege and Sniper: Special Ops, are popular with Russian audiences.

Ukraine banned Seagal from entering the country, citing national security concerns.

Seagal's grandmother was born in Vladivostok, and the actor and Putin share a passion for martial arts.

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