Russia names action-movie star Seagal as envoy for US

Seagal takes credit U.S.-Russia meeting

"Everywhere you look in Russian Federation - the terms of Steven Seagal", wrote the editor of the Bureau of si-EN-EN in Moscow Nathan Hodge.

President Putin is also a fan of the kind of martial arts that Seagal often practiced in his Hollywood action movies.

Ties between the two nations are in a rocky phase, with American intelligence agencies accusing Moscow of interfering in then presidential candidate Donald Trump's White House run.

Seagal, who sometimes appears on Russian state TV to talk about his views and career, was cited by Kremlin-backed TV station Russia Today (RT) as welcoming the appointment. 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. "I have worked tirelessly in this direction for many years unofficially and I am now very grateful for the opportunity to do the same thing officially".

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

He is best known for dispatching baddies using karate chops and knives in a series of trashy 1990s films such as Under Siege and Hard to Kill.

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

Seagal's grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, according to a biography on IMDB.

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".

It's not the first time Russian Federation has tried to give Seagal some sort of semi-official status.

Seagal's grandmother was born in Vladivostok, Russia, and the two men share a passion for martial arts. Seagal says: "I'll never, ever falter".

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