Actor Steven Seagal appointed Russian ministry's 'special representative'

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

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".

The 66-year-old action star, who appeared in more than 60 movies, including "Above the Law" and 'Under Siege, ' said that he was "sincerely grateful" to the Russian Foreign Ministry for the opportunity.

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The actor, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2016, has robustly defended the Russian leader's policies and once told Piers Morgan on ITV's Good Morning Britain that anyone who thought Putin had attempted to rig the U.S. elections was "stupid".

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. He has been accused by more than a dozen women of sexual misconduct.

He called Putin a personal friend and expressed a desire to improve relations between the United States and Russian Federation. President Putin, while presenting Seagal a Russian passport in 2016, said that he hoped the gesture would serve as a symbol of how fractious ties between Moscow and Washington were starting to improve.

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In 2015, BuzzFeed News reported that two years earlier, Putin had suggested to then-President Barack Obama that he could make Seagal the honorary Russian consul to California and Arizona. He had this to say. "I take this honor very seriously".

"Steven Seagal was appointed as the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative for Russian-US humanitarian ties", the ministry said.

The star has also spoken out in defence of Putin amid claims that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, the BBC reports.

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