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SBD Global/January 22, 2014/Olympics
Russia's Sochi Olympics To Showcase Country As 'Resurgent Global Power'
Published January 22, 2014
RUSSIA RETALIATES: BLOOMBERG's Kravchenko & Arkhipov wrote Russia sent troops across Dagestan on Tuesday "as the government pressed an offensive against insurgents and new threats emerged less than three weeks before the Winter Olympics kick off" in Sochi. National Anti-Terrorist Committee spokesperson Alexander Polyakov said that two counter-terrorism operations were under way in Dagestan, "a Muslim-majority region on the Caspian, east of Sochi." Russian forces also embarked on a third mission, "with an insurgent leader killed in a shootout, Interfax reported, citing unidentified security officials" (BLOOMBERG, 1/21).
CHINA CONFIDENT: REUTERS' Peter Rutherford wrote China "is confident that Russia will be able to guarantee security at next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi." Deputy Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said, "China has complete faith that Russia has the ability to ensure the security of the Sochi Winter Olympics. I believe these Games will be successful with this tight security. China has been in close touch and has coordinated with Russia about this" (REUTERS, 1/21).