A Russian diplomat who announced his resignation in protest against Moscow's invasion of Ukraine is "no longer with us, he is against us," said Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.
CNN asked Peskov about Boris Bondarev, the diplomat who announced his resignation Monday in an open letter, in a conference call with reporters Tuesday.
"The Kremlin is not familiar with this letter. If he was an employee of the Foreign Ministry, then this is a question to the MFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)," said Peskov.
"Here we can only say that Mr. Bondarev is no longer with us, rather, he is against us," said Peskov.
"He has a position in which he condemns the actions of the Russian leadership, and the actions of the Russian leadership are supported by almost the entire population of our country," said Peskov when asked to elaborate on what "against us" meant.
"This means that this gentleman spoke out against the general consolidated opinion of our country," he added.
Bondarev, a 20-year veteran of Russia's diplomatic service, posted a statement on a LinkedIn account on Monday condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine and criticizing the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for complicity in what he described as an an "aggressive war" -- language that is proscribed in Russia under wartime censorship laws.
Russian President Vladimir Putin enjoys consistently high public approval ratings, but pro-Kremlin state television dominates the airwaves, political opposition is not tolerated and the Russian government has effectively outlawed criticism of the war in Ukraine.