Source: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-04-04/putin-s-rejection-of-the-west-in-writing?cmpid=yhoo

In fact, after Moscow's Crimean adventure, the West seems out to prove this point of view correct. By talking of "containing" Russia and breaking off all kinds of cooperation, from trade and visa liberation talks to Group of Eight meetings to joint programs with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Western governments cast themselves in the role of wolves shedding their sheep's clothing.

What does the West seems out to prove this point mean?

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    (Be) out to VP is an idiom that means something like 'intend to VP'. If he's out to prove you wrong, he will try to prove you wrong. The seem has nothing to do with it, except that seem allows to be-deletion from the original infinitive seems to be out to prove. – John Lawler Apr 5 '14 at 18:57

You can drop the 'seem'; it is not part of the idiom.

'He is out to get me', for instance, means 'He has decided to do me harm (physical or otherwise)', 'He has purposed to harm me', or 'He has it in for me'.

The transitive multi-word verb be out to[+ infinitive; compare intend + to-infinitive + DO] is described here, though it is here called a 'phrasal verb':

be out to

Meaning: Attempt

Example: She IS OUT TO get him sacked because she hates him.

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