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08/05/2018 02:05 am ET Updated Aug 05, 2018

Russia Names Actor Steven Seagal Goodwill Ambassador To U.S. As Twitter Weeps

Actor hails Putin as a "great world leader;" says he does not believe the Kremlin interfered in U.S. politics.

In the ever stranger world of politics, Russia’s Foreign Ministry has announced that action movie actor Steven Seagal has been appointed a special representative to improve Russian and U.S. humanitarian ties.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he hoped the appointment would serve as a symbol of improving the relationship between Moscow and Washington, Reuters reported.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry described Seagal’s new role as that of a goodwill ambassador charged with deepening ties between the two nations on matters involving culture, art and youth. A statement on the ministry’s Facebook page on Saturday said the position was “socio-political” and the actor would not be paid.

The 66-year-old Seagal, who was born in Michigan, might not be the most effective goodwill ambassador for Americans. He has been accused by more than a dozen women, including several actresses, of sexual harassment and misconduct.

Seagal has been a regular visitor to Russia for years, and Putin granted him a Russian passport in 2016. He’s a close friend and staunch supporter of Putin, whom he has hailed as a “great world leader.” Seagal has said he does not believe Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election.

Twitter was agog.

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