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The two have attended several martial arts events together.

The Russian Foreign Ministry likened Seagal's new role to that of a United Nations goodwill ambassador and said that the actor, who is known for his martial arts prowess, would receive no salary.

Russia's Foreign Ministry announced Saturday that it had made Hollywood actor and action movie star Steven Seagal its special representative for Russian-U.S. humanitarian ties, Reuters news agency reports.

According to the same outlet, the actor is known to be a long-time supporter of Russian Federation, and he has visited the country on numerous ocassions.

For more than a decade Seagal, who according to his own website is 66, has been a regular visitor to Russian Federation.

The Foreign Ministry, which has been engaged in a prolonged war of words with the U.S. over election meddling, announced Seagal's appointment in a Facebook post on Saturday, saying that his mission would be "further development of Russian-American relations in the humanitarian sphere, including cooperation in the sphere of culture, art, public and youth exchanges and so forth".

His duties will involve promoting bilateral ties in a wide range of fields including culture, art, science, education, sports, public and youth exchanges, that will see him participate in relevant events both in Russian Federation and overseas, and maintain contacts with U.S. partners.

"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.

Recall that Segal received Russian citizenship in the fall of 2016. His movies, including such titles as "Under Siege" and "Sniper: Special Ops", are popular with Russian audiences.

Seagal, like Putin, is an accomplished martial artist.

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

Seagal has claimed that his father was a Russian Mongol, and described himself as "Russian" even before receiving Russian citizenship.

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