August 9, 2008 / 11:53 AM / 11 years ago

Bush says attacks on Georgia "dangerous escalation"

BEIJING (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Saturday said attacks by Russia on neighboring Georgia outside the war zone of South Ossetia marked a “dangerous escalation” of the crisis and urged Moscow to halt the bombing immediately.

“I’m deeply concerned about the situation in Georgia,” Bush said at the Olympics. “The attacks are occurring in regions of Georgia far from the zone of conflict in South Ossetia. They mark a dangerous of escalation in the crisis.”

He said Georgia’s territorial integrity must be respected and “we call for an end to the Russian bombings.”

Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky and Matt Spetalnick in Beijing; editing by Keith Weir

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