Russian Federation names Steven Seagal a special envoy to US

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Seagal has also been one of Putin's biggest supporters, and defended the Russian leader against charges of USA election meddling during an interview with Piers Morgan on "Good Morning Britain" a year ago.

"I hope we can strive for peace, harmony and positive results in the world", he added.

The US martial artist and action movie star says he takes his appointment as Russia's special envoy to US "very seriously".

"The task is to promote the further development of Russian-American relations in the humanitarian sphere, including interaction in the field of culture, art, public and youth exchanges and more", the ministry said on its official Facebook page, according to a CNN translation of the post.

Back in 2016, Steven Seagal was awarded Russian citizenship, likely because he was making so many trips to visit his friend Vladimir Putin.

Actor Steven Seagal attends the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15.

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The Russian foreign ministry likened Seagal's new role to that of United Nations goodwill ambassadors, prominent individuals who volunteer to highlight important areas of the U.N.'s work. The actor attended Putin's recent swearing-in ceremony in May.

After Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, Seagal called Putin "one of the great living world leaders" and even performed with his blues band in the annexed Black Sea peninsula.

Seagal does seem particularly interested in the former Soviet Union.

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.

Like Putin, Seagal is an expert in Judo, as well as Akido and Karate.

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