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US officials say Russia not sharing Olympic threat specifics

Published on Jan 24, 2014 6:12 AM
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A Russian police officer checks a driver's documents at the Olympic Park in the Adler district of Sochi, on Jan 23, 2014. Russia is not cooperating enough in sharing intelligence with the United States about possible threats by militants to attack participants at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, US security officials say. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Russia is not cooperating enough in sharing intelligence with the United States about possible threats by militants to attack participants at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, US security officials say.

"I'd say that Russia has not been forthcoming in sharing specific threat information," said a senior US official.

A second US official said the United States believes Russia has established effective "ironclad" security measures in and around Sochi, but affirmed that Washington is concerned about Moscow's reluctance to share threat information.

After two suicide bombings killed 34 people in the southern city of Volgograd last month, Russia has been keen to assure athletes and spectators that the Olympics in Sochi, in the turbulent North Caucasus region, will be safe.

 
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