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US urges closer security ties with Russia for Olympics

Published on Dec 31, 2013 6:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Monday, Dec 30, 2013, called for closer security cooperation with Russia ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics after two deadly bombings in the city of Volgograd, and warned Americans to stay vigilant.

"The US government has offered our full support to the Russian government in security preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games, and we would welcome the opportunity for closer cooperation for the safety of the athletes, spectators, and other participants," National Security Council spokesman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.

At least 14 people were killed on Monday when a suicide bomber blew himself up on a packed trolleybus in the southern Russian city during the morning rush hour. On Sunday, a similar attack at a train station claimed 17 lives.

The United States "condemns the terrorist attacks that struck the Russian city of Volgograd and sends deepest condolences to the families of the victims with hopes for the rapid healing of those wounded," Ms Hayden added.

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