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August 16, 2008

Bush warns Russia re: South Ossetia and Abkhazia

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) — President Bush sent a stern warning to Russia on Saturday that it cannot lay claim to two regions in U.S.-backed Georgia even though their sympathies lie with Moscow. "There is no room for debate on this matter," the president said.

Searching for signs of progress, Bush told reporters at his Texas ranch that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's signing Saturday of a cease-fire plan was an important development — "a hopeful step."

"Now, Russia needs to honor the agreement and withdraw its forces and, of course, end military operations," in Georgia, a small former Soviet state on Russia's southwest border. [more]

Posted by JD Hull at August 16, 2008 11:24 AM


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