Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with parliamentary leaders in Moscow, Russia July 7, 2022. Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned the West against a military confrontation against the background of the Ukraine war. “Today we hear that they want to beat us on the battlefield. What can I say? Let them try,” he said in Moscow on Thursday. “Everyone should know that we haven’t started in earnest yet,” said the Kremlin boss.

Moscow does not reject peace negotiations. “But those who refuse should know that the further they go, the more difficult it is for them to come to an agreement with us,” Putin said at a meeting with faction leaders of the State Duma parties.

The President praised the politicians as “true statesmen and patriots” who supported the “military special operation” in Ukraine from the beginning at the end of February. “There are many parties, but only one homeland,” Putin said at the meeting in the Kremlin. “There is nothing more important than the fate of the fatherland.”

Putin’s comments come after the US and Europe have stepped up arms supplies to Ukraine’s army in recent weeks, which is trying to stem Russian advances in the east.

“The collective West” unleashed a “war” in Ukraine, Putin said. The Russian intervention in the pro-Western country marks the beginning of a shift from US world dominance to a “multi-polar world”. This process cannot be stopped, Putin stressed.

Most countries in the world didn’t want to follow the Western model of “total liberalism” and “hypocritical double standards,” Putin said.

“People in most countries do not want such a life and such a future,” stressed the Russian President. “They’re just tired of kneeling themselves down in front of those who consider themselves extraordinary.”