Actor Steven Seagal made special US-Russia envoy

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The once-prolific actor has been recruited to deepen ties with the U.S.in the humanitarian field, assisting "cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges", according to Russia's foreign ministry.

In 2014, Seagal posted a statement on his website to clarify that he had been misquoted by media outlets saying he called Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, the world's greatest leader.

Moscow has appointed USA actor Steven Seagal as a special envoy, dealing with humanitarian links with the United States, the Russian foreign ministry announced yesterday.

But on Saturday, Russia honored Seagal again, this time with a position as a special envoy to the United States.

It is unclear how Seagal who was given Russian citizenship in 2016 will go about accomplishing that goal. He has been accused by more than a dozen women of sexual misconduct.

But since then relations between the two countries have deteriorated, with U.S intelligence agencies accusing Moscow of meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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American Seagal, whose grandparents were Russian Jews, was granted Russian citizenship in 2016.

Shortly after the presentation, however, relations between the two countries took a turn for the worse as USA intelligence agencies began accusing Moscow of interfering with the election of now-U.S. president Donald Trump.

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on the appointment of Mr. Seagal on August 4. He will receive no salary, the Ministry said, adding, "It's a case of people's diplomacy intersecting with traditional diplomacy".

The 66-year-old action star, who appeared in more than 60 movies, including "Above the Law" and 'Under Siege, ' said that he was "sincerely grateful" to the Russian Foreign Ministry for the opportunity.

According to Seagal's own website, the 66-year-old has been a regular visitor to Russian Federation for over a decade. "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", was quoted as saying in the wake of allegations Trump sought Russian intervention during his electoral campaign.

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