Bush and Putin discuss Georgia fighting

U.S. President George W. Bush and Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (L) attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the National Stadium, August 8, 2008. The stadium is also known as the Bird's Nest. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin discussed the fighting in Georgia, the former Soviet republic that is pushing to join NATO, White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said on Friday.

“The president of the United States and Putin discussed the situation,” Johndroe said. He gave no further information about the discussion or its timing, but the two leaders were seen chatting before a luncheon hosted by China for foreign leaders attending the Olympics.

Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky