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Mr. Putin assured those attending the Winter Games that the security will be stringent, saying that the country has “vast experience” in hosting international events.

“Just like we operated fairly efficiently while holding major political events, meaning G20 and G8, conducting major international sports events such as a recent world track and field meet in Moscow,” said Mr. Putin. “We have vast experience, while we appreciate that we have many diverse challenges to security, we have massive experience in providing security at this kind of event, and we put our experience to good use.”