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Russia wants Seagal to be face of weapons industry

Tuesday - 6/4/2013, 12:00pm  ET

U.S. actor Steven Seagal waits for a news conference of U.S. congressional delegation to Russia in the U.S. embassy in Moscow, Russia, Sunday June 2, 2013. The head of a U.S. congressional delegation to Russia says it learned little about what could have been done to prevent the Boston Marathon bombings, despite the best efforts of actor Steven Seagal. Some meetings were set up by Seagal, who met Russian President Vladimir Putin in March. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia is looking at Steven Seagal to be the face of its weapons industry as it guns for first place on the world arms market.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said the action movie star may head up an international marketing campaign to promote the Degtarev arms plant, Russian news agencies reported. He accompanied Seagal on a visit there Tuesday.

"You're ready to fight American (manufacturers) with your teeth and your intellect, and if Americans are prepared to promote and support you, that says we're learning new ways to work on corporate warfare markets," Rogozin said.

Russian officials are big fans of Seagal, who met President Vladimir Putin in March and claimed to have set up a meeting with Rogozin for a Congressional delegation last week.


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