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NEW INFORMATION: US eyeing Olympic security after Russia attacks

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

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HONOLULU (AP) -- The White House says the United States "would welcome" the opportunity for closer security cooperation with Russia for the Olympics following a pair of deadly attacks in the southern city of Volgograd.

Spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden says the U.S. has already offered "full support" to Russia as it makes security preparations for the games. But she says the U.S. would welcome "closer cooperation" to ensure the safety of athletes, spectators and other participants.

Hayden also says the U.S. condemns the attacks and offers its deepest condolences to the victims' families.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) --IOC President Thomas Bach says he has full confidence that Russian authorities will deliver "safe and secure" games in Sochi despite the two deadly suicide bombings in southern Russia that have heightened concerns about the terrorist threat to the Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee says Bach has written to Russian President Vladimir Putin to express his condolences following the "despicable" and "cowardly" attacks on Sunday and Monday that killed more than 30 people in Volgograd.

Volgograd is located about 650 kilometers (400 miles) northeast of Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics from Feb. 7-23.

Bach says he is "certain that everything will be done to ensure the security of the athletes and all the participants of the Olympic Games."

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