I hope that we can achieve peace, harmony and progress in the world.
In an unorthodox selection, movie star Steven Seagal has been named as Russia's special representative to the U.S.
Recall that Segal received Russian citizenship in the fall of 2016.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that Seagal would receive no salary, and added that the actor's appointment is "a case of people's diplomacy intersecting with traditional diplomacy".
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"In his new capacity Seagal is expected to promote the development and implementation of various projects of bilateral cooperation in the fields of culture, art, science, education, sports, public and youth exchanges, participate in relevant events on Russian territory and overseas and maintain contacts with USA partners", it said in a statement. "As for global practice, you can draw a parallel with the functions of United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors". "I take very seriously my honor", said the actor.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has appointed actor Steven Seagal as a special representative to improve U.S. 66-year-old actor has starred in 56 movies.
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. "Despite the unfortunate propaganda going on I remain fully committed to working tirelessly towards this end and I am tremendously grateful for this opportunity", Seagal also told TASS.
"Every country is involved in espionage", Seagal said, USA Today writes. This is an official position - it's unpaid, sure, but it's an actual thing - Seagal will be in charge of improving relations between the two countries.
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Seagal, who is reportedly friends with Russian President Vladimir Putin, will not be paid for the position, according to the post.
Seagal has also befriended other Eastern European leaders not exactly in the West's good books.
Apart from having been granted Russian citizenship, Seagal has been granted Serbian citizenship.
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