US military says readying plans for Olympic security assistance

By REUTERS
January 21, 2014 03:35






WASHINGTON - The US military said on Monday that air and naval assets, including two ships in the Black Sea, would be made available if needed during the Sochi Winter Olympics in support of Russia, which faces militant threats to disrupt the Games.



The Pentagon said US military commanders were "conducting prudent planning and preparations" should American support be required during the Winter Olympics.



"The United States has offered its full support to the Russian government as it conducts security preparations for the Winter Olympics," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement.



"Air and naval assets, to include two Navy ships in the Black Sea, will be available if requested for all manner of contingencies in support of - and in consultation with - the Russian government."


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