David Duchovny My Russian Beer Commercial Doesn't Make Me Pro-Putin

7/28/2014 10:02 AM PDT

David Duchovny says his beer commercial musing about living his life as a Russian does NYET mean he supports Russian politics -- especially the invasion of the Ukraine.

Duchovny's statement to TMZ comes in the middle of a flurry of criticism over his commercial for a Russian Siberian beer -- Siberian Crown. Duchovny wonders in the spot what his life would be like if he was Russian ... fantasizing about being a cosmonaut, a ballerina, and other Russian stuff.

The actor tells TMZ, "I am proud of my Russian, Ukrainian, Scottish and Polish heritage as I am proud of my American heritage."

Duchovny goes on, "But being proud of one's ancestry is not a political statement on any current government or public policies."

He insists the beer commercial is not a political statement, but adds, "In retrospect, and in light of recent tragic events, I can now see the potential for misunderstanding and hope people will understand."