Britain to provide security for Sochi Olympics

Britain to provide security for Sochi OlympicsSochi (Russia), May 11 : The Russian and British security services will cooperate in the build-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year, British Prime Minister David Cameron said.

Cameron said Friday after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin that Britain would be providing "limited" security support at the Olympic Games in the Russian Black Sea resort,

The British premier said more than 50 British companies were participating in the Sochi Olympics construction projects.

Sochi 2014 chief promises safest Olympics

Dmitry-ChernyshenkoSochi, April 17 :  Sochi 2014 organisers have issued unequivocal security assurances in the wake of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, with the chief organiser promising the safest Games in history.

Russia is to beef up security in the Black Sea resort as of June 1 this year in the wake of Monday's terrorist attacks that killed three people and injured more than 170.

Sochi 2014 ticket sales shock organiser

Dmitry-ChernyshenkoSochi, March 14 : The rapid pace of ticket sales for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics has stunned organising committee head Dmitry Chernyshenko.

The first sales of tickets were made available to Russians Feb 7, a year before the opening ceremony and sales were brisk with tickets for the men's hockey gold medal game gone in a matter of minutes.

"We suggested that there would be very high demand so we did national research. We got ready but the result surpassed all our most optimistic expectations," Chernyshenko said Wednesday.

Ligety lauds long Sochi ski course

Ligety lauds long Sochi ski courseSochi, Feb 27 : Turin 2006 Olympic champion Ted Ligety said that the Alpine ski run that will host next year's Winter Games is remarkably long.

The 28-year-old is in Sochi on a joint training session for the United States and Russian skiers after winning three gold medals at the World Championships in Schladming, Austria, earlier this month.

Russis set to to cut 2014 Olympic spending

Russis set to to cut 2014 Olympic spendingMoscow - Russia is set to cut Olympic spending for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games by more than half a billion dollars in the wake of the world economic crisis, a top official was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

The Interfax news agency quoted Deputy Prime Minister Dmitriy Kozak as saying that Olympic costs can be optimized, with 20 billion roubles (461 million dollars, 653 million dollars) to be slashed off the budget 2009-2014. Kozak is in charge of Olympic planning.

France: New EU partnership talks with Russia possible in October

European UnionMoscow/Sochi - The European Union will resume partnership talks with Russia as early as October if Moscow withdraws its troops from the Georgian mainland completely, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Saturday after meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort Sochi.

Putin had promised that the remaining Russian troops would be withdrawn from Georgia, Fillon was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency after the talks, which also saw France and Russia agree on future cooperation in the area of space aviation.

Ecological issues "most acute" for Nord Stream pipeline

Moscow/ Sochi, Russia - German ex-chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said Thursday 100 million euros were being spent on an environmental study of the Nord Stream pipeline project for gas from Russia to Germany, which he chairs.

"The most acute problems for the realisation of the Nord Stream project are of course issues over ecological preservation," Schroeder was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.

He made the comments at a meeting with Russia's premier Vladimir Putin and the head of national energy Gazprom Alexei Miller in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Medvedev to meet with security council over Georgia regions

Dimitry MedvedevSochi, Russia - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev convened a security council on Tuesday to review Monday's parliamentary resolution to recognize the independence of Georgia's rebel regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Medvedev against "dramatizing" US missile shield in Europe

Dimitry MedvedevSochi, Russia - Russian President Dimitry Medvedev Friday described Poland's decision to go ahead with the stationing of parts of a US anti-missile shield on its territory as "sad for Europe," but simultaneously spoke out against "dramatizing" the conflict.

Following talks on the situation in Georgia with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Medvedev said further talks were needed.

The decision taken Thursday by Poland, and earlier by the Czech Republic, to host elements of the US shield, "has the Russian Federation as its target," Medvedev said.

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