Actor Steven Seagal named by Russia as special envoy to U.S.

Actor Steven Seagal attends the Victory Parade which is a part of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany and the end of World War II on May 9, 2015, in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
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Actor Steven Seagal attends the Victory Parade which is a part of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany and the end of World War II on May 9, 2015, in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)

Credit: Alexander Aksakov

Credit: Alexander Aksakov

Actor Steven Seagal has a new role, but this one isn't in a movie.

According to The Associated Press, the action star is taking on the real-life job of Russia's special envoy for humanitarian ties with the U.S.

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Russia's Foreign Ministry announced Saturday that it had named Seagal to the position, writing on Facebook that the actor would "facilitate relations between Russia and the United States in the humanitarian field, including cooperation in culture, arts, public and youth exchanges," the AP reported.

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Стивен Сигал назначен специальным представителем МИД России по вопросам российско-американских гуманитарных связей....

Posted by Russian Foreign Ministry - МИД России on Saturday, August 4, 2018

Seagal, a frequent ally and defender of Russian President Vladimir Putin, became a Russian citizen two years ago and recently was banned from entering Ukraine because of national security concerns, the AP reported.

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– The Associated Press contributed to this report.