White House blasts Russia for separatist stance

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Monday said Russia is jeopardizing its standing in the world by recognizing two separatist Georgian provinces as independent countries.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced Tuesday that his country will grant diplomatic recognition to the separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. By doing so, Medvedev swiftly and fully rebuffed Bush.

Speaking in Texas, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said Russia is making a number of "irrational" decisions that puts its place in the world at risk.

Fratto said the U.S. will use its veto power on the U.N. Security Council to make sure any effort to change the provinces' international status is "dead on arrival."

Source: Associated Press