A Kremlin spokesperson took aim at Gerard Depardieu Friday after the French actor publicly criticized his former ally Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “crazy, unacceptable excesses” — marking a public feud between the pair and increasing isolation of Putin over his decision to invade Ukraine.

Key Facts

- Advertisement -

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday that Depardieu “most likely does not fully understand what is happening” in Ukraine after the actor criticized Putin, according to Agence France Press,

Depardieu, who has had close ties to Putin since 2013 and even received a Russian passport directly from Putin, told AFP on Thursday the Russian people were “not responsible for the crazy, unacceptable excesses of their leaders like Vladimir Putin.”

The Kremlin said it would be “ready” to explain the situation in Ukraine so that “he understands better” if Depardieu “wants,” AFP reported.

Depardieu, who previously supported Russia’s annexation of Crimea, is “not completely immersed in the political agenda,” Peskov said.