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US offers Russia anti-terrorism technology for Olympics


US Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with his Russian counterpart Gen. Valery Gerasimov during a NATO meeting for defense chiefs in Brussels, January 21, 2014—Photo courtesy US Department of Defense/US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton.


by Joseph Earnest  January 21, 2014


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The United States and Russia on Tuesday discussed using US technology to combat terrorism at next month's Winter Olympics in Sochi amid concerns that extremists could target the games, the Pentagon’s news service reported.

US Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told his Russian counterpart Gen. Valery Gerasimov that the United States is willing to share technical information on countering improvised explosive devices (IEDs) prior to the February 7 start of the Sochi games if the American technology is compatible with Russian systems, the American Forces Press Service (AFPS) reported.

"I reiterated the fact that we would favorably consider requests from them," the report quoted Dempsey as saying.

Dempsey and Gerasimov met Tuesday in Brussels, where they discussed bilateral military relations and signed a so-called "work plan" spelling out 67 activities in which the two nations' militaries can cooperate.

The meeting came amid a crackdown by Russian security services on terrorist and militant activities in the region ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a resort town on the Black Sea.

It also came a day after the Pentagon offered "air and naval assets," including two US Navy ships in the Black Sea, to help bolster security for the games.

Twin bombing attacks late last month killed 34 people in the Russian city of Volgograd, which is considered a gateway to Russia's southern republics of Chechnya and Dagestan, which have been the center of an ongoing Islamic insurgency for the past two decades.

Sochi lies about 200 miles (320 kilometers) from Chechnya and 300 miles (480 kilometers) from Dagestan.

The Pentagon is open to providing US equipment capable of disrupting cellphone or radio signals that militants used to detonate IEDs, The New York Times cited Dempsey as saying Tuesday.

He noted, however, that experts from both countries would need to ensure that the US technology is compatible with systems used by Russian security services, the Times reported.

Dempsey told Gerasimov that US forces have "become extraordinarily familiar with" IEDs in Afghanistan and Iraq, where militant groups have deployed them with deadly results against American personnel during US-led military operations over the past decade, according to the Times.

Dempsey was quoted by AFPS as saying Tuesday that Gerasimov has "a hand-picked, highly trained task force that's been in place for some time" to help ensure safety at the Sochi Games, which are slated to run through February 23.  Add Comments>>

Source: Ria Novosti










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