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Seagal was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and has vehemently defended President Vladimir Putin's policies, including Moscow's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula, along with criticizing the USA government.

The actor who is also a Russian citizen, confirmed the appointment on his Instagram page on Monday.

Russian Federation appointed actor Steven Seagal as a special representative to improve ties with the United States.

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

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The foreign Ministry stressed that we are talking about the socio-political positions, not involving monetary compensation.

Actor Steven Seagal is seen here speaking to CNN on January 25, 2013. "I take this honour very seriously", he wrote on Twitter. Later that month, 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.

His responsibility will be to "facilitate relations between Russian Federation and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges". The foreign ministry said that Seagal was to combine "people's diplomacy and traditional diplomacy", much like a United Nations' goodwill ambassador.

Seagal, who holds a dual citizenship of the USA and Russian Federation, is known for his support of Vladimir Putin, to whom he once referred as "one of the greatest living world leaders".

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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.

It's not the first time Russian Federation has tried to give Seagal some sort of semi-official status.

Seagal does seem particularly interested in the former Soviet Union.

In the interview, Seagal also praised Putin as "a great world leader" and a "brilliant tactician".

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