Russian Federation names Steven Seagal a special envoy to US

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

Russia has appointed Hollywood Actor Steven Seagal as special representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to focus on humanitarian issues with the United States (U.S.). Seagal does not believe Russian Federation interfered in the USA presidential election.

The star has also spoken out in defence of Putin amid claims that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election, the BBC reports. The two countries are also at odds over Syria and Ukraine.

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. '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'.

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The 66-year-old star of "Marked for Death" was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and has defended Putin's policies, including the 2014 annexing of Crimea. He told Piers Morgan on the British ITV network's "Good Morning Britain" previous year, "For anyone to think that Vladimir Putin had anything to do with fixing the elections, or even that the Russians have that kind of technology, is stupid".

The Washington Post was unable to immediately reach Seagal for comment. He said he had called Putin "ONE of the World's Great Leaders".

In response to the notably unpaid engagement, Seagal said he was "deeply humbled and honoured" on Twitter.

He called Putin a personal friend and expressed a desire to improve relations between the United States and Russian Federation. In any event, Seagal's appointment is an inspiring story that even in the #MeToo era, it's possible to bounce back from sexual assault accusations and get a prestigious political position.

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