Steven Seagal 'humbled and honoured' by appointment as special envoy to US

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

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. In November 2016, the Michigan-born martial artist visited Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin to receive an unusual gift: his very own Russian passport.

Since then, U.S. -Russia relations have only got worse however with U.S. intelligence agencies accusing Moscow of interfering in Donald Trump's White House run, an allegation Russian Federation denies.

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.

-Russian relations. The title bestowed upon him is that of a "special representative" for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"I've always had a very strong desire to do all I can to help improve Russian-American relations", Seagal said.

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

CNN has reached out Seagal's spokesperson for comment. He said he had called Putin "ONE of the World's Great Leaders".

The actor, who became a Russian citizen in 2016, shared the news on his Twitter. Trump and Seagal have both said over the years that the United States would greatly benefit from a strong relationship with Russian Federation.

Seagal's fame peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s with films such as Under Siege and Above the Law, but he remains hugely popular in eastern Europe and was granted both Russian and Serbian citizenships in 2016. In any event, Seagal's appointment is an inspiring story that even in the #MeToo era, it's possible to bounce back from sexual assault accusations and get a prestigious political position. While that may seem, let's say, confusing, it's not a complete shock if you've kept track of Seagal and his russophilia in the last few years.



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