Mongolian former president Tsakhia Elbegdorj has mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin over his claim that Ukraine is part of Russia. In an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson last week, Putin argued that Russia has a centuries-old claim over Ukraine, based on historical borders. However, Elbegdorj shared maps showing how large the Mongol Empire once was, including parts of what is now Russia.
Mongolia’s government has not supported Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, though it has not outright condemned it. Elbegdorj has been vocal in his support for Ukraine and wrote on Twitter after Putin’s talk: “Don’t worry. We are a peaceful and free nation.”
In February 2023, Elbegdorj wrote that the world’s democracies must rally with greater resolve to declare that freedom is non-negotiable and give Ukraine the weapons it needs to win. He added that Putin despises differences and competition and fears a free Ukraine as he is a deep narcissist who could not afford to see more successful and prosperous neighbors.