Former Mongolian leader shows Vladimir Putin how small Russia used to be: ‘I found a map’

Tsakhia Elbegdorj, a former president and prime minister of Mongolia, mocked Vladimir Putin after he invoked historical arguments in an interview with US TV host Tucker Carlson to justify his invasion of Ukraine, reports Business Insider.

Elbegdorj Tsakhia in a speech he gave at the UN during his mandatePhoto: Richard Drew / Associated Press / Profimedia Images

In Carlson’s opening interview at the Kremlin last week, Putin spoke for dozens of minutes about the history of Russia and Ukraine to justify his territorial claims to the neighboring country.

Although Carlson did not try to counter his plea in any way, historians have debunked most of the arguments put forward by the Kremlin leader, some of which are downright hallucinatory. For example, the Russian president claimed that World War II started because of Poland, which opposed the claims of German dictator Adolf Hitler.

Several senior Polish officials immediately denounced his comments as the “delusion” of a man who poses a “mortal danger” to Europe.

Putin’s monologue at the start of Carlson’s interview was also taken aim at by Tsakhia Elbegdorj, Mongolia’s president from 2009 to 2017, who distributed several maps showing the extent of the Mongol Empire in its heyday, when it controlled almost all of today’s territory of Russia.

The former Mongolian leader showed Putin how small Russia was during his country’s imperial era

“I found a Mongolian historical map after Putin’s talk. Do not worry. We are a peaceful and free nation,” Elbegdorj wrote on “X.”

One of the maps emphasizes how small Russia was in the 15th century, when the Mongol Empire created by Genghis Khan and his successors such as Timur Lenk controlled vast regions of Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Even though the Mongolian government has not condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Elbegdori is a vocal supporter of Ukraine.

“The democracies of the world must join forces with even greater determination to declare that freedom is not negotiable and give Ukraine the weapons it needs to win,” the former Ulaanbaatar leader said in a published message on “X” in February 2023.

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