Seagal has been a regular visitor to Russia for years, and Putin granted the American actor a Russian passport in 2016.
"Hard to Kill" action movie star Steven Seagal has been named a special envoy for humanitarian ties to the United States.
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.
"I am deeply humbled and honoured to have been appointed as a special representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in charge of Russian and American Humanitarian ties", Seagal tweeted.
The Foreign Ministry described Seagal's new role as that of a goodwill ambassador charged with deepening ties between the two nations on culture, art and youth.
'It's a case of people's diplomacy intersecting with traditional diplomacy, ' the ministry said. He has been accused by more than a dozen women of sexual misconduct.More news: Apple Makes History As The World's First $1 Trillion Company
"I've always tried to do everything possible to help Russian-American relations to improve", Seagal, who hold both Russian and United States passports, said to TASS news agency.
The U.S. Intelligence Community had repeatedly stated Russian Federation interfered with the election. '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'.
He has defended Putin's policies, including the 2014 annexation of Crimea, and has criticized the United States government.
According to Seagal's own website, the 66-year-old has been a regular visitor to Russian Federation for over a decade.
Seagal's fame peaked in the late 1980s and early 1990s with films such as Under Siege and Above the Law, but he remains hugely popular in eastern Europe and was granted both Russian and Serbian citizenships in 2016.
Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan.