Russian President Vladimir Putin has relied on historical borders to argue Ukraine is part of Russia and to justify the war. In an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson last week, Putin outlined centuries of Russian and European history, arguing that Russia has a claim over Ukraine.
On the other hand, Mongolia’s former president Tsakhia Elbegdorj mocked Putin over the weekend by sharing maps showing how large the Mongol Empire was, with it once controlling parts of what is now Russia. The maps also showed how small Russia was in the 15th century. Although Mongolia’s government has not supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Elbegdorj has been vocal in his support for Ukraine.
After Putin’s talk, I found Mongolian historic map. Don’t worry. We are a peaceful and free nation,” Elbegdorj wrote on February 2023. Today, Mongolia is a smaller country between China and Russia but still one of the world’s largest nations in terms of overall landmass.
In February 2023, Elbegdorj wrote: “The world’s democracies must rally 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 Putin does not tolerate freedom. I have sat with him on many occasions. He despises differences and competition. He fears a free Ukraine. As a deep narcissist, he could not afford to see more successful and prosperous neighbors.”