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, in an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson last week, 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.
Mongolia’s government has not supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, though it has not outright condemned it. However, Elbegdorj has been vocal in his support for Ukraine and wrote on Twitter after Putin’s talk: “I have sat with Putin on many occasions and know he despises freedom. As a deep narcissist, he could not afford to see more successful and prosperous neighbors.”
Elbegdorj added that 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 emphasized that Mongolia is a peaceful and free nation between China and Russia but acknowledged that it is still one of the world’s largest nations in terms of overall landmass.