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President Vladimir Putin and Seagal are close friends, which is more than likely why this new position was given.

On Saturday, Russian officials tapped him for another role: special representative to improve relations between the United States and Russia.

Russian Federation has appointed action movie star Steven Seagal as a special envoy for humanitarian ties with the United States.

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced the actor's appointment on Facebook, saying his mission will include promoting relations between both the countries "in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges and more".

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.

"I've always had a very strong desire to do all I can to help improve Russian-American relations", RT cited Seagal as saying.

While Seagal is popular in Russian Federation, he has been accused in the USA of sexual misconduct.

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Seagal's grandmother was born in Vladivostok, and the actor and Putin share a passion for martial arts.

Mr. Seagal, 66, did not immediately return a message seeking comment. Back in 2013, Seagal was Putin's choice to lead a special diplomatic envoy.

He called Putin a personal friend and expressed a desire to improve relations between the United States and Russian Federation.

In 2015, BuzzFeed News reported that two years earlier, Putin had suggested to then-President Barack Obama that he could make Seagal the honorary Russian consul to California and Arizona.

In a video of the event, Putin and Seagal shake hands.

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".