Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the West of waging a proxy war in Ukraine on Thursday and said that the world should know the war is just beginning, nearly five months after launching the invasion.
“Everybody should know that largely speaking, we haven’t even yet started anything in earnest,” Putin told parliamentary leaders.
“The course of history is unstoppable, and attempts by the collective West to enforce its version of the global order are doomed to fail.”
For the first time in weeks, Putin also claimed that Russia is willing to sit down for peace talks with Ukraine, warning that “the longer it lasts the more difficult it will be for them to make a deal with us.”
Ukraine has put up a fierce defense of its territory, backed up by billions worth of Western arms that the U.S. and allies have sent to repel Russian forces.
Russia’s overtures at peace talks, meanwhile, are likely empty gestures, US officials have said in recent weeks.
“We have not seen any interest on the part of Vladimir Putin in engaging in any kind of meaningful diplomatic initiative,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said last week at the NATO Public Forum.
This is an excerpt from Fox News.
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