Russia has appointed the US actor Steven Seagal as a special envoy to improve ties with the United States.
Seagal was granted Russian citizenship in 2016 and has praised President Putin as a great world leader.
Born in the US, the martial arts star gained international fame for roles in the 1980s and â€™90s like Under Siege.
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He is also one of the Hollywood stars accused by several women of sexual misconduct in the wake of the #MeToo campaign, which he has denied.
The Russian foreign ministry made the announcement on its official Facebook page, saying the unpaid position was similar to that of a United Nationsâ€™ goodwill ambassador and Seagal would promote US-Russia relations â€œin the humanitarian sphereâ€.
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The Flight of Fury star, still popular with Russian audiences, has recently defended the Russian government over claims that it meddled in 2016 US elections.
The 66-year-old has called President Putin â€œone of the great living world leadersâ€, and when Seagal was granted Russian citizenship, said he hoped it would be a symbol of how relations between Moscow and Washington were starting to improve.
Seagal was also granted Serbian citizenship in 2016, following several visits to the Balkan country.