Actor Steven Seagal made special US-Russia envoy

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But now Steven Seagal has been named by Russia's Foreign Ministry for a different goal - he's now a special representative for Russian-U.S. humanitarian ties, a role created to deepen cultural, art and youth ties between the two countries.

Seagal has been a regular visitor to Russia for years, and Putin granted the American actor a Russian passport in 2016.

Celebrated actor Steven Seagal, who is a Russian citizen, has been appointed as a special representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in charge of the Russian-US humanitarian ties, the Russian Foreign Ministry wrote on Facebook.

"At the same time, he is a rather well-known actor, which became the reason for granting him Russian Federation citizenship", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

He has repeatedly defended Mr Putin's policies, including the annexation of Crimea.

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'It's a case of people's diplomacy intersecting with traditional diplomacy, ' the ministry said.

At the time, the Kremlin said the decision to grant citizenship to Seagal was driven by the actor's "warm feelings towards Russian Federation".

According to RT, Seagal told Russian news service Tass, "I've always had a very strong desire to do all I can to help improve Russian-American relations". 'I have worked tirelessly in this direction for many years unofficially and I am now very grateful for the opportunity to do the same thing officially'. His movies, including such titles as "Under Siege" and 'Sniper: Special Ops, ' are popular with Russian audiences.

The 66-year-old actor was born in Lansing, the capital city of USA state of MI.

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