The Russian foreign ministry likened Seagal's new role to that of United Nations goodwill ambassadors, prominent individuals who volunteer to highlight important areas of the U.N.'s work.
The announcement comes with Russia-US ties at a low ebb, over long-standing conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, which Moscow rejects.
Steven Seagal has been named Moscow's envoy to the United States for "humanitarian ties", the Russian Foreign Ministry announced Saturday. "I take this honour very seriously", he wrote on Twitter.
Hollywood star Steven Seagal, who was granted Russian citizenship back in 2016, is going to be Moscow's special representative on humanitarian relations with the US.
"The task is to promote the further development of Russian-American relations in the humanitarian sphere, including interaction in the field of culture, art, public and youth exchanges and more", it added. The Putin-Seagal love affair has now taken a more interesting turn because as of now the semi-retired actor is being counted on to improve U.S. The actor attended Putin's recent swearing-in ceremony in May.More news: Trump Defends Son's Meeting With Russians as `Totally Legal'
"Our reaction was, 'You've got to be kidding, '" an official with the Obama administration told BuzzFeed in 2015.
President Donald Trump has been criticized for his reluctance to speak out against Russian Federation or President Vladimir Putin, and the addition to Steven Seagal into the mix isn't going to help matters. In 2016, Serbian state media reported that the government had offered Seagal citizenship for offering to open a martial arts academy in Belgrade.
Action-movie star Steven Seagal has played a former Central Intelligence Agency agent, a hit man and a killer of criminals. He's also visited with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and Belarusan President Alexander Lukashenko.
Seagal is an accomplished martial artist - like Russian President Vladimir Putin.