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Putin vs. Mongolia: A Tale of Maps, Empires and National Identity


Feb 12, 2024
Former Mongolian Leader Mocks Putin’s Ukraine Claims by Sharing Empire Map

Vladimir Putin, the Russian President, has argued that Ukraine is part of Russia by relying on historical borders. Meanwhile, 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 Tucker Carlson last week, Putin outlined centuries of Russian and European history to support his claim over Ukraine.

Elbegdorj mocked Putin over the weekend by sharing maps that showed how small Russia was in the 15th century and how large the Mongol Empire was, including parts of what is now Russia. While Mongolia’s government has not condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine outright, Elbegdorj has been vocal in his support for Ukraine. After Putin’s talk, Elbegdorj wrote on Twitter: “Don’t worry. We are a peaceful and free nation.”

In February 2023, Elbegdorj wrote that democracies must rally with greater resolve to declare freedom is non-negotiable and give Ukraine the weapons it needs to win against Russian aggression. He added that Putin despises differences and competition and fears a free Ukraine as he is a deep narcissist who cannot afford to see more successful and prosperous neighbors.

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