Bush slams Russian recognition of breakaway areas

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- The war of words is escalating between the United States and Russia over the Republic of Georgia.

President Bush is urging Moscow to reconsider what he calls its "irresponsible decision" to recognize the independence of two breakaway Georgian provinces.

Bush, who's at his Texas ranch, is warning Russia to change course and respect the borders of its Georgian neighbor.

The White House says the U.S. will use its veto power on the U.N. Security Council to ensure that the two separatist provinces remain part of Georgia in the eyes of the world.

Despite mounting international condemnation, Russia is showing no sign of backing down. The U.S. is reviewing its relationship with Russia but has imposed no sanctions.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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