US eyeing Olympic security
HONOLULU — The White House says the United States would welcome “closer cooperation” with Russia on security preparations for the Winter Olympics following a pair of deadly attacks that sparked fears about the terrorism threat at the February Games.
“The U.S. government has offered our full support to the Russian government in security preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games,” White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Monday. “We would welcome the opportunity for closer cooperation for the safety of the athletes, spectators and other participants.”
Officials say that while Russia will be responsible for overall security at the Games, U.S. personnel will be in the country in what the Obama administration is calling “liaison roles.” The State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security agents will work with Russian security and law enforcement officials.
The upcoming Olympics have highlighted the complicated relationship between the U.S. and Russia. The two countries are necessary partners on an array on foreign policy matters. Officials say counterterrorism cooperation between the U.S. and Russia has increased following the Boston Marathon bombing, believed to have been carried out by brothers with ties to Russia’s Caucasus region.