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House Leaders Issue Joint Statement Condemning Russian Action In Georgia

They may not agree on what to do about gas prices, but House leaders from both parties quickly issued a joint statement Tuesday condeming recent Russian military actions in Georgia.

“The bipartisan leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives stands united in condemning — in the strongest possible terms — the recent Russian invasion of the sovereign state of Georgia," the statement read.

The statement was signed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, House Republican Leader John A. Boehner, and House Republican Whip Roy Blunt.

"The United States is committed to Georgia’s absolute sovereignty, and we reject the Russian Foreign Minister’s reported assertion that democratically-elected President Mikheil Saakashvili ‘must go.’"

While Russian President Dmitri Medvedev ordered a halt to military action in Georgia on Tuesday, U.S. officials were still trying to confirm a ceasefire and determine the proper international response to the invasion.

For her part, Pelosi issued a harsh critique of Russia's actions.

“Russian military action in Georgia should be recognized for what it is — an effort to intimidate Georgia’s freely elected government and the governments of other democratic states on Russia’s borders, as well,” said Pelosi. “It must be made clear to Russian leaders that this kind of conduct is unacceptable.”