- The Washington Times - Monday, December 30, 2013

With Russia reeling from two deadly suicide bombings in as many days, the White House on Monday offered to help with security at the 2014 Winter Olympics, slated to begin in less than six weeks in Sochi.

“The United States stands in solidarity with the Russian people against terrorism,” National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement. “The U.S. 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.”

The comments may indicate that U.S. officials fear for the safety of Americans at the games, which get under way Feb. 7.

A pair of terrorist bombings in the city of Volgograd have Russian officials on edge as they prepare to host officials and athletes from across the globe in Sochi, about 400 miles from Volgograd.

On Monday, a bomb tore apart a bus in Volgograd, killing 14. A day earlier, railway station was targeted.

More than 30 people have been killed as a result of the two bombings. Russian officials suspect the same organization is behind both incidents, the Associated Press reported.

“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.

The International Olympic Committee president said Monday he has confidence that Russian authorities will deliver a “safe and secure” Games in Sochi.

Thomas Bach wrote to President Vladimir Putin to express condolences for the two deadly attacks that struck Volgograd within 24 hours.


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