Bush says Abkhazia and South Ossetia should remain in Georgia

US President George W. Bush appealed to Russia's president on Monday to ignore the advice of lawmakers and refrain from recognizing Georgia's breakaway regions as independent. The White House also announced on Monday that Vice President Dick Cheney would visit Georgia, a blast of support for an ally still reeling from its brief war with Russia. Bush's intervention reflected the deep stakes for Georgia, and the broader US-Russian relationship, as the fate of separatist Abkhazia and South Ossetia remained in flux.