CRAWFORD, Texas, Aug 26 (Reuters) – President George W. Bush on Tuesday will issue a statement on Russia’s recognition of breakaway Georgia regions, which the White House called an “unfortunate decision.”
Russia has been making a number of “irrational decisions” related to the conflict, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said in Texas where Bush is at his Crawford ranch.
“So far we’ve seen a series of unfortunate decisions by the Russians that only serve to further isolate them. And we hope that they hear the loud voices from the international community and understand that it’s not in their long-term interests to take these kinds of actions,” Fratto said.
He called “ridiculous” Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s accusation, in an interview with the BBC, that the United States was shipping arms to Georgia on naval vessels.
“I can assure you that these are purely humanitarian aid shipments that are going into Georgia and nothing else,” Fratto said. (Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky, Writing by Tabassum Zakaria; Editing by Kristin Roberts)