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.
"I am deeply humbled and honored to have been appointed as a special representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in charge of Russian and American Humanitarian ties. hope we can strive for peace, harmony and positive results in the world".
The Russian foreign ministry has explained that the position is public and is not expected to be paid.
"I've always tried to do everything possible to help Russian-American relations to improve", the action movie star told TASS news agency. "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".
It is the latest honour Russian Federation has bestowed upon Seagal.
The Washington Post was unable to immediately reach Seagal for comment.
Seagal's grandmother was born in Vladivostok, and the actor and Putin share a passion for martial arts. He said he had called Putin "ONE of the World's Great Leaders".
As for Russian and United States relations now, things are a bit contentious, to say the least.
It is unclear how Seagal who was given Russian citizenship in 2016 will go about accomplishing that goal.