Russian President Vladimir Putin has relied on historical borders to claim that Ukraine is part of Russia and to justify the war. The former president of Mongolia, Tsakhia Elbegdorj, shared a map of the Mongolian Empire last weekend, which included parts of Russia. In an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Putin invoked centuries of Russian and European history, arguing that Russia has a right to Ukraine.

Elbegdorj mocked Putin over his claims, sharing maps showing how large the Mongol Empire was, with it once controlling parts of present-day Russia. He also pointed out how small Russia was in the 15th century. Although the government of Mongolia did not support the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Elbegdorj was vocal in his support for Ukraine. After Putin’s conversation with Carlson, Elbegdorj wrote: “The world’s democracies must come together with even greater resolve to declare that freedom is non-negotiable and to give Ukraine the weapons it needs to win.” He added: “I know that Putin does not tolerate freedom.”

In February 2023, Elbegdorj wrote that he sat with Putin on many occasions and knew him well. He described him as a deep narcissist who despised differences and competition. He believed that Putin was afraid of a free Ukraine because he could not afford to see more successful and prosperous neighbors. Today, between China and Russia, Mongolia is a smaller country but still one of the world’s largest nations in terms of total land mass.

By Editor

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