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Bush urges Russia not to recognize Georgia breakaways

 

US President George W. Bush on Monday called on Russia's leaders to respect Georgia's territorial integrity and not recognize the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent.

 

"I am deeply concerned by today's appeal to President (Dmitry) Medvedev by Russia's Federation Council… to recognize the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent countries. I call on Russia's leadership to meet its commitments and not recognize these separatist regions," he said in a statement. (Reuters)