Russian President Vladimir Putin has relied on historical borders to argue Ukraine is part of Russia and to justify the war. Mongolia’s former president Tsakhia Elbegdorj shared a map of the Mongol Empire, which included parts of what is now Russia, in an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson last week.
In his talk, Putin outlined centuries of Russian and European history, arguing that Russia has a claim over Ukraine. However, 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. While 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 in 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. He believes that democracies must rally with greater resolve to declare freedom as non-negotiable and give Ukraine the weapons it needs to win against Putin’s aggression