Steven Seagal has been named Moscow's envoy to the United States for "humanitarian ties", the Russian Foreign Ministry announced Saturday.
"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.
Celebrated actor Steven Seagal, who is a Russian citizen, has been appointed as a special representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry in charge of the Russian-US humanitarian ties, the Russian Foreign Ministry wrote on Facebook.
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 Flight of Fury star, still popular with Russian audiences, has recently defended the Russian government over claims that it meddled in 2016 United States elections. The two countries are also at odds over Syria and Ukraine.
The actor, who was granted Russian citizenship in 2016, has robustly defended the Russian leader's policies and once told Piers Morgan on ITV's Good Morning Britain that anyone who thought Putin had attempted to rig the United States elections was "stupid".
Seagal won't be receiving any payment for doing the job, which the ministry described as "the case of people's diplomacy meeting with traditional diplomacy".
Seagal's new role was noted by Kremlin-backed TV station RT, who noted Seagal as welcoming the appointment.
"I've always had a very strong desire to do all I can to help improve Russian-American relations", RT cited Seagal as saying.
Born in Lansing, Michigan, Mr. Seagal gained fame in the 1990s for his roles in "Under Siege" and other major action movies prior appearing in a slew of less successful films and direct-to-video releases.