Bush talks with Georgian leader, as US, Russia anchor military ships in Georgian ports

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) -- The White House says President Bush has spoken with the president of the Republic of Georgia.

A spokesman declined to provide details about last night's conversation, other than that Bush had gotten an "update" from the Georgian leader.

The president has urged Russia to reconsider its decision to recognize the independence of two breakaway Georgian provinces.

Spokesman Tony Fratto says "Europe, the United States and other leaders around the world will make the case to Russia that this is a very shortsighted decision on their part."

Fratto adds that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been in contact with her counterparts around the world about the issue.

A U.S. Coast Guard ship loaded with aid has docked at a southern Georgian port. For its part, Russia sent three missile boats to another Georgian port as the standoff escalated.

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

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