Tsakhia Elbegdorj (left) is trolling one imperialist at a time (Picture: Getty)
Mongolia’s ex-president seems to have taken on a new vocation as a history teacher – and his first student is Vladimir Putin.
It is a tough job, but someone has to do it after the Russian leader’s uninterrupted rant about eastern European history during an interview with Tucker Carlson.
Running circles around the former Fox News presenter, Putin attempted to justify his bloody land grab in Ukraine.
Deciding to school him, politician Tsakhia Elbegdorj shared a map pointing out he has much to lose by relying on history for modern territorial claims.
He posted on X: ‘After Putin’s talk. I found a Mongolian historic map. Don’t worry. We are a peaceful and free nation.’
The map showed a diminutive Russia in 1471, compared with now, due to the size of the Mongol empire, the largest the world has seen.
Elbegdorj’s mocking tweet (Picture: Elbegdorj Tsakhia/e2w)
Once the heartland of an empire stretching to Europe under the grandiose rule of Genghis Khan, the territory also covered much of modern China, as well as Eurasia – and Ukraine.
Elbegdorj, president from 2009 to 2017, regularly met with Putin and believes his reason for launching the invasion is the threat posed to his regime by an entirely democratic Ukraine – rather than any bizarre historical claim.
In past interviews, he called the war leader ‘a narcissist’ and said he ‘fears a free Ukraine’
‘I know Putin does not tolerate freedom,’ said the Mongolian politician last year.
The Mongol empire’s territory also covered much of modern China (Picture: Elbegdorj Tsakhia/e2w)
‘I have sat with him on many occasions. He despises difference, and competition. He fears a free Ukraine.
‘As a narcissist, he could not allow a more successful and prosperous neighbour.
‘A free, democratic Ukraine could represent a grave danger for his regime.’
Elbegdorj’s map also served as a reminder to leader of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping, that Taiwan is also not up for grabs.
Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more stories like this, check our news page.