Russia names Steven Seagal special envoy to U.S.

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The position is not paid and will be similar to the United Nations' goodwill ambassador positions, the statement said. -Russian relations. In a Facebook post shared Saturday, the ministry said Seagal will work on relations "in the humanitarian sphere, including interaction in the sphere of culture, art, public and youth exchanges and so on".

AMERICAN action-movie star Steven Seagal has played a former Central Intelligence Agency agent, a hit man and a killer of criminals during his career.

Russian Federation has appointed action movie star Steven Seagal as a special envoy for humanitarian ties with the United States.

In 2013, BuzzFeed reported that Putin suggested to President Barack Obama that Seagal serve as an honorary envoy of Russian Federation to help improve relations between the two countries.

Seagal's duties will also include the preservation of Russia's memorable places in the United States and promotion of studies and popularization of the legacy of Russian-U.S. common history. "Despite the unfortunate propaganda going on I remain fully committed to working tirelessly towards this end and I am tremendously grateful for this opportunity", Seagal also told TASS.

Seagal, who became a Russian citizen in 2016, is a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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CNN has reached out Seagal's spokesperson for comment.

Born in the United States, the martial arts star gained worldwide fame for roles in the 1980s and '90s like Under Siege.

Seagal obtained Russian citizenship back in 2016, where he's been forthright in his defense of Putin, calling him even a "great, great, great world leader, maybe, the greatest".

A Kremlin spokesman cited Seagal's "warm feelings toward Russia" and his celebrity status as reasons for the gesture, Reuters reported.

Later that month, Mr Putin, who has been described as a fan of the martial arts that Seagal practices in his movies, personally presented the actor with a Russian passport. Seagal said: "I'll never, ever falter".

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