In the interview, Seagal also praised Putin as "a great world leader" and a "brilliant tactician". Seagal says: "I'll never, ever falter".
In the ever stranger world of politics, Russia's Foreign Ministry has announced that action movie actor Steven Seagal has been appointed special representative to improve Russian and USA humanitarian ties.
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.
Action hero Steven Seagal has been appointed by Russian Federation as a special envoy for humanitarian ties with the US.
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He called Putin a personal friend and expressed a desire to improve relations between the United States and Russian Federation.
In 2015, BuzzFeed News reported that two years earlier, Putin had suggested to then-US President Barack Obama that he could make Seagal the honourary Russian consul to California and Arizona. 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.
According to the statement, the action star's role will be to promote US-Russia relations "in the humanitarian sphere", adding that the role will include collaboration "in the sphere of culture, public and youth exchanges". "I take this honour very seriously", he wrote on Twitter.
On Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that Seagal has been appointed to the new role, which will apparently be unpaid.
President Donald Trump has been criticized for his reluctance to speak out against Russian Federation or President Vladimir Putin, and the addition to Steven Seagal into the mix isn't going to help matters.