As for the choice of Steven Seagal to be the Russian Foreign Ministry's special representative to improve United States and Russian relations, that seems a bit puzzling.
Actor Steven Seagal attends the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15.
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.
Since then, U.S. -Russia relations have only got worse however with U.S. intelligence agencies accusing Moscow of interfering in Donald Trump's White House run, an allegation Russian Federation denies.
The Russian Foreign Ministry announced the appointment on its Facebook page on Saturday, the Associated Press reported. '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'.
Seagal, 66, could not immediately be reached for comment Sunday.More news: Google Courts Chinese Market With Censored Search
He has previously hung out with Russia's Putin, a fellow martial arts fan. In his first big role in the 1988 movie Above the Law, Seagal played a former Central Intelligence Agency agent, and in one of his latest films, Mercenary: Absolution, he played a contract killer. And in a 2013 interview with news channel RT, Seagal said he believed Putin "is one of the greatest world leaders, if not the greatest world leader, alive today".
As for Russian and United States relations now, things are a bit contentious, to say the least.
Seagal's grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, according to a biography on IMDB.
In November 2016, Michigan-born martial artist and action film star Steven Seagal visited Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin to receive an unusual gift: his very own Russian passport. President Putin, while presenting Seagal a Russian passport in 2016, said that he hoped the gesture would serve as a symbol of how fractious ties between Moscow and Washington were starting to improve.
In a video of the event, Putin and Seagal shake hands.
Actor Steven Seagal speaks at a news conference, while attending an opening ceremony for a research and development center in Moscow, Russia, Sept. 22, 2015.