US demands Russia leave Georgia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a sign of growing impatience, the Bush administration is accusing Russia of trying to find excuses to keep thousands of troops in Georgia.

Using unusually blunt language, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack demanded that Russia withdraw most of its soldiers from Georgia's separatist areas of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Russia signed a cease-fire with the former Soviet republic last month and now, in McCormack's words, "these guys are at every turn trying to wiggle out of a commitment they made."

Russian forces continue to occupy Georgia despite the cease-fire signed by the two presidents. As part of that agreement, Russia pledged to withdraw its forces within a month.

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

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