US officials cite security steps for Sochi Games

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 24, 2014 at 6:33 pm •  Published: January 24, 2014
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French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who was alongside Hagel for a Pentagon briefing, said France also has received no request for assistance from the Russians and added: "If the question is do we have the intention to ensure the protection of your citizens that might have problems in Sochi, the answer is yes."

In an updated travel advisory late Friday, the State Department said the U.S. continues to monitor potential terrorist threats in Sochi, noting a series of recent bombings and other incidents that have occurred in Russia. The State Department urged Americans traveling to the Olympics to register in advance and to remain vigilant while in the country.

"There is no indication of a specific threat to U.S. institutions or citizens, but U.S. citizens should be aware of their personal surroundings and follow good security practices," the travel warning said.

The travel warning also warned that foreigners could face jail, fines or deportation for violating Russia's new laws banning gay "propaganda" to minors.

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Associated Press writer Josh Lederman contributed to this report.



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