Actor Steven Seagal made special US-Russia envoy

Steven Seagal speaks at a news conference while attending an opening ceremony for a research and development center in Moscow Russia

And in a 2013 interview with news channel RT, Seagal said he believed Putin "is one of the greatest world leaders, if not the greatest world leader, alive today".

Russian Federation has handed Hollywood movie star Steven Seagal the task of keeping relations cordial with the United States.

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.

Seagal, who occasionally appears on Russian state television, said he welcomed the appointment, Reuters reported.

The statement reads that Seagal's portfolio in the unpaid position would be to 'facilitate relations between Russian Federation and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges'.

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Speaking to the official site , the 21-year-old said: "I would like to thank the fans for the welcome and for how well they have treated me".

"I've always had a very strong desire to do all I can to help improve Russian-American relations", he told the Kremlin-backed television station RT. Seagal will not accept a salary for apprising the role, akin to a United Nations' goodwill ambassador position both in terms of penance and responsibility.

He has previously hung out with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a fellow martial arts fan. In his first big role in the 1988 movie Above the Law, Seagal played a former Central Intelligence Agency agent, and in one of his latest films, Mercenary: Absolution, he played a contract killer.

Seagal, 66, could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday.

Long before Seagal and Putin became buds, the dual citizen tried in jest to influence the Russian president's reputation overseas.

In a Twitter post on Monday morning (NZ time) the martial artist wrote on social media that he is "deeply humbled and honoured to have been appointed as a special representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in charge of Russian and American Humanitarian ties".

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