deputy PM says can guarantee safety at Games
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[February 06, 2014]
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) — Russian Deputy
Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said on Thursday that visitors to Russia's
Winter Olympics in Sochi would be safe, and that the threat of a
militant attack was no greater than in many other cities around the
Russian security forces are on high alert after Islamist
militants in southern Russia, not far from where the Games are being
held, threatened to try to disrupt the event, which officially opens
"Our security services are working with colleagues from Europe and
North America," Kozak told reporters in Sochi.
"There is no reason to believe that the level of danger in Sochi is
greater than at any other point on the planet, be it Boston, London,
New York or Washington.
"We can guarantee the safety of people as well as any other
government hosting any mass event," he added, speaking through a
President Vladimir Putin has staked his reputation on the Games, and
has sought to reassure visitors by saying that a "ring of steel"
around the venues would make them safe.
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But security forces were last month hunting a woman suspected of
planning a suicide bombing and who may already be in Sochi, and twin
suicide bombings killed at least 34 people in December in the
southern city of Volgograd.
To counter the threat, Russia has put about 37,000 personnel on
combat alert in Sochi and drones and warships are being deployed.
(Reporting by Mike Collett-White and Alissa de Carbonnel;
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