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".
While the 66-year-old star of '90s karate flicks such as Above The Law and Out For Justice might come across as a odd choice, Seagal has been wooed by Russian President Vladimir Putin the past few years.
"I hope we can strive for peace, harmony and positive results in the world", Seagal wrote. "I take very seriously my honor", said the actor.More news: Bethesda Nixes Steam in Favor of Its Own Launcher - Fallout 76
Russia's Foreign Ministry announced Saturday that it had made Hollywood actor and action movie star Steven Seagal its special representative for Russian-U.S. humanitarian ties, Reuters news agency reports.
Seagal will also engage in efforts to preserve "Russia's memorable places in the United States, study and popularize the legacy of Russian America and other pages of our common history that are of great interest to citizens of both countries", the ministry said.
Seagal, who became a Russian citizen in 2016, has always been a supporter of both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. He often visits Russian Federation and repeatedly expressed his affection for this country.More news: Blizzard has 'multiple Diablo projects in the works'
While some might doubt his diplomatic credentials, Seagal has not been shy about sharing his views on the ties between the two countries. "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".
The Russian Foreign Ministry likened Seagal's new role to that of a United Nations goodwill ambassador and said that the actor, who is known for his martial arts prowess, would receive no salary. "In addition to my black belt, I'm now on a black list", the actor said in reaction, according to his spokesperson. Later on, the two admired together that year's crop of carrots and watermelons. Further advancing his credentials in the Slavic world is his Serbian citizenship, which he received in early 2016, prior to the Russian one, after he offered to set up an Aikido dojo in Belgrade.More news: Oscars introduce new award for outstanding popular film