Russian President Vladimir Putin has relied on historical borders to argue that Ukraine is part of Russia and to justify the war. In his 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. Meanwhile, Mongolia’s former president, Tsakhia Elbegdorj, mocked Putin over the weekend by sharing maps of the Mongol Empire, which once controlled parts of what is now Russia.
In an interview with Elbegdorj, he criticized Putin for using historical borders as a justification for invading Ukraine. He pointed out that while the Mongol Empire had once included parts of Russia in its territory, it was also a nation with its own distinct culture and identity. Elbegdorj emphasized that Mongolia supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, regardless of historical claims made by other nations.
After Putin’s talk with Carlson, Elbegdorj shared a historic map showing the extent of the Mongol Empire in 13th century. He wrote on Twitter: “Don’t worry. We are a peaceful and free nation.” Despite this, Mongolia has not condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine outright and has maintained diplomatic relations with both countries. However, Elbegdorj has been vocal in his support for Ukraine and called on other nations to help defend its sovereignty.