The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs appointed Steven Seagal a special representative on issues of Russian-American humanitarian ties. This was reported by the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry on Facebook.
As representatives of the department explained, Seagal's task will be "the development of Russian-American relations in the humanitarian sphere, including interaction in the sphere of culture, art, public and youth exchanges."
"It's a socio-political position that does not involve monetary reward, the very case when people's diplomacy meets with traditional diplomacy. In international practice it is possible to draw parallels with the functions of the UN Goodwill Ambassadors," the Russian Foreign Ministry emphasizes.
American actor Steven Seagal received a Russian passport in November 2016. The passport was handed personally by Russian President Vladimir Putin.