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White House: Russia risking relations with US

Aug. 10, 2008, 5:54 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) The Bush administration is warning Russia to halt its attacks on Georgia or risk "significant" and enduring damage to its relationship with the United States.

Russia expanded its bombing blitz Sunday against neighboring U.S.-allied Georgia, targeting the country's capital for the first time. Georgian troops pulled out of the capital of the contested province of South Ossetia under heavy Russian shelling.

The U.S. has called on Russia to stop its military offensive.

Jim Jeffrey, President Bush's deputy national security adviser, says the U.S. has made it clear that "If the disproportionate and dangerous escalation on the Russian side continues, that this will have a significant long-term impact on U.S.-Russian relations."