Bush cancels civilian nuclear deal with Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Bush administration has canceled a once-celebrated civilian nuclear cooperation deal with Russia.

The State Department announced Washington's pointed but mostly symbolic expression of displeasure with Moscow on Monday in a briefing with reporters.

The move combines with a recently announced $1 billion foreign aid package for tiny Georgia and the time Vice President Dick Cheney spent last week railing against Russia throughout its backyard to form the U.S. administration's punishment of Moscow for its invasion of Georgia last month. The nuclear deal was highly unlikely to win approval on Capitol Hill this year anyway, but President Bush decided to actively withdraw it to make a loud statement.

The deal for extensive and unprecedented cooperation between the two nations was sent to Congress for approval in May, capping two years of tough negotiations.

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

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