MOSCOW - Presidents Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama agreed on Monday to maintain close contacts between US and Russian intelligence agencies and cooperate to ensure security for the 2014 Olympics that Russia is hosting in Sochi, the Kremlin said.
Putin and Obama spoke for at least the second time since the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, which US authorities believe were carried out by two brothers with roots in Russia's volatile and mostly Muslim North Caucasus.
In a call initiated by the United States, they discussed "the issue of stepping up interaction between the special services in the context of the recent terrorist act in Boston," a Kremlin statement said.
"The presidents reached a practical agreement about active contacts between the special services and their leaders," it said, adding that both also "underscored the importance of joint work providing security for the security of the Sochi Olympics".
Special services is a term Russians use for security and intelligence agencies.