Steven Seagal: 'Deeply humbled' to be appointed 'special representative' by Russian Federation

Seagal takes credit U.S.-Russia meeting

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.

Seagal is an accomplished martial artist - like Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Steven Seagal received Russian citizenship in 2016.

The country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the position on its official Facebook page.

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.

In 2013, BuzzFeed reported that Putin suggested to President Barack Obama that Seagal serve as an honorary envoy of Russian Federation to help improve relations between the two countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin presented a Russian passport to the USA actor in 2016, and now Seagal will expand his ties, serving as a goodwill ambassador.

The Russian foreign ministry likened Seagal's new role to that of United Nations goodwill ambassadors, prominent individuals who volunteer to highlight important areas of the U.N.'s work.

"I've always had a very strong desire to do all I can to help improve Russian-American relations", state-funded TV channel RT cited Seagal as saying on Saturday. "For anyone to think that Vladimir Putin had anything to do with fixing the elections, or even that the Russians have that kind of technology, is stupid", was quoted as saying in the wake of allegations Trump sought Russian intervention during his electoral campaign.

Seagal, 66, could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday.

It is the latest honour Russian Federation has bestowed upon Seagal. Trump and Seagal have both said over the years that the United States would greatly benefit from a strong relationship with Russian Federation.

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

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