Mongolia’s former president, Tsakhia Elbegdorj, took a swipe at Russian President Vladimir Putin over the weekend by sharing a map of the Mongol Empire, which once controlled parts of what is now Russia.
Putin has relied heavily on historical borders to argue that Ukraine is part of Russia and to justify his brutal invasion. Elbegdorj poked fun at this argument by sharing maps showing how large the Mongol Empire was and how small Russia was in the 15th century. The Mongol Empire was once the largest in the world, covering much of Eurasia, including modern-day China, Russia, and Ukraine. Today, Mongolia is a smaller country but it’s still one of the world’s largest nations in terms of overall landmass.
Mongolia’s government has not supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine but Elbegdorj has been vocal in his support for it. He stated that freedom is non-negotiable and expressed his belief that the world’s democracies must rally to support Ukraine. He added that Putin does not tolerate freedom and that he fears a free Ukraine as a deep narcissist who could not afford to see more successful and prosperous neighbors.