Steven Seagal, actor, appointed Russian envoy to United States

Actor Steven Seagal attends the SMASH Global V pre Oscar fight at Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles California

Actor Steven Seagal attends the SMASH Global V pre Oscar fight at Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles California

The 66-year-old star of "Marked for Death" was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and has defended Putin's policies, including the 2014 annexing of Crimea.

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

The actor, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2016, has vocally defended the Russian leader's policies, including Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, and has criticized the US government.

Steven Seagal's new Russian position is a ceremonial post, which is similar to a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, meaning that the former action star won't have any official responsibility.

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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. "I take this honour very seriously", he wrote on Twitter.

Russian Federation has handed Hollywood movie star Steven Seagal the task of keeping relations cordial with the United States. While that may seem, let's say, confusing, it's not a complete shock if you've kept track of Seagal and his russophilia in the last few years. The actor attended Putin's recent swearing-in ceremony in May. "Our reaction was, 'You've got to be kidding, ' " a U.S. official told BuzzFeed, referring to the offer. He often comes to Russian Federation, repeatedly expressing his affection for the country.

Seagal's fame peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s with films such as Under Siege and Above the Law, but he remains hugely popular in eastern Europe and was granted both Russian and Serbian citizenships in 2016. He's also visited with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Belarusan President Alexander Lukashenko. He's a close friend and staunch supporter of Putin, whom he has hailed as a "great world leader".

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