Moscow slapped back Friday at French actor Gérard Depardieu over his criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “crazy unacceptable excesses” in Ukraine.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Depardieu — who has been nominated for an Oscar and obtained his Russian passport in 2013 with a hug from Putin — did not understand the ongoing situation “due to the fact that he is not completely immersed in the political agenda.”
Reciting the Kremlin’s talking points on Ukraine, Peskov said Depardieu “does not understand what happened in Ukraine in 2014, he does not understand what the Minsk agreements are, he does not understand what Donetsk and Luhansk are, he hardly understands what is the bombing of civilians, he is unlikely to know about the nationalist elements,” before saying that “we will be ready to tell him all [of] this and explain it so that he understands better. If he wants to.”
The retaliation came a day after the French actor said that the “Russian people are not responsible for the crazy unacceptable excesses of leaders like Vladimir Putin.” On March 1, shortly after the conflict began, Depardieu called on Russia to stop this “fratricidal war.”