WASHINGTON - With a crisis of Cold War proportions brewing, President Bush is demanding that Russia withdraw its troops from the former Soviet republic of Georgia, agree to an immediate cease-fire and abandon any thought it might have about toppling the country's pro-Western government.
"Russia has invaded a sovereign neighboring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people. Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st century," Bush said from the White House on Monday just an hour after he returned to Washington from attending the Olympics in China.
In his strongest comments since the fighting erupted over Georgia's separatist South Ossetia region last week, Bush told Russia to end a "dramatic and brutal escalation" of violence in Georgia and accept international mediation to end the crisis, as Georgian leaders have.
"The Russian government must reverse the
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