US says Russia is beginning pullout from Georgia

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) -- The Bush administration says Russian troops are beginning to withdraw from war-battered Georgia but that the pullback is not significant and needs to increase.

National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said the United States is seeing "early signs of some withdrawal" and that the pace of the withdrawal "needs to increase sooner rather than later." He spoke on Air Force One as President Bush flew from his vacation in Texas to a speech to veterans in Orlando, Fla.

Johndroe also said the United States does not agree with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SIR' - gay LAHV' ruf) that the United States or any other country has to choose between Russia and Georgia.

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

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