Steven Seagal appointed by Russian Federation as special envoy to the U.S.

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The actor has been a very public supporter of Putin, going on television to defend the Russian president over accusations of meddling in the 2016 United States elections.

"Stephen Seagal has been appointed special representative of the ministry of foreign affairs of Russia on Russian-American Humanitarian Ties", the foreign ministry said on its website.

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

Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had made U.S. actor Steven Seagal its special representative for Russian-U.S. humanitarian ties, a role it said was meant to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries.

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Seagal is now officially going to develop relations between Russian Federation and the United States in the field of culture, art, public and youth exchanges, etc. "I take this honour very seriously", he wrote on Twitter.

Reacting to the appointment, Seagal said he was "deeply humbled and honoured".

Seagal's grandmother was born in Vladivostok, Russia, and the two men share a passion for martial arts.

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.

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He has previously hung out with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a fellow martial arts fan.

According to the ministry, Seagal's role is described as being akin to when "people's diplomacy meets halfway traditional diplomacy", comparing the role as that of a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador.

Russian Federation isn't the only country offering overtures to Seagal. He's also visited with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Belarusan President Alexander Lukashenko. Back in 2013, Seagal was Putin's choice to lead a special diplomatic envoy.

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