"The task is to promote the further development of Russian-American relations in the humanitarian sphere, including interaction in the field of culture, art, public and youth exchanges and more", it added.
President Vladimir Putin presented a Russian passport to Seagal in 2016, saying he hoped it would serve as a symbol of how fractious ties between Moscow and Washington were beginning to improve.
Moscow has appointed United States actor Steven Seagal to promote the "further development of Russian-American relations in the humanitarian sphere, including interaction in the field of culture, art, public and youth exchanges", Russia's Foreign Ministry has announced.
US actor Steven Seagal watches the Victory Day parade, marking the 73rd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia May 9, 2018.
Relations between Russian Federation and the USA have soured over allegations that Moscow interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, which Russian Federation repeatedly denies.
"Steven Seagal was appointed as the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative for Russian-US humanitarian ties", the ministry said.
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Ukraine banned Seagal from the country past year, deeming him a national security threat.
"It is the case when people's diplomacy meets halfway traditional diplomacy", the ministry said in the statement.
Seagal's new role was noted by Kremlin-backed TV station RT, who noted Seagal as welcoming the appointment. He attended Putin's recent swearing-in ceremony in May.
"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 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.