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Putin: safe and secure games is Russia's top priority

01-18-2014 19:34 BJT Special Report: Sochi 2014 Olympics |

By CCTV reporter Bi Jianlu

There is less than a month away from the start of the Winter Olympics, in the Russian resort of Sochi. As one of only six media groups given special access to Russian President Vladimir Putin, China Central Television or CCTV was able to ask some key questions about how the games will be staged. Putin says security is his top priority, and that the global spectacle can only help to boost Russia’s international image.

CCTV was one of 6 specially selected media organizations chosen to sit down with the Russian President. Vladimir Putin was asked by CCTV’s reporter about concerns over security at the games, following last month’s deadly attacks in the southern city of Volgograd.

As one of only six media groups given special access to Russian President
Vladimir Putin, China Central Television or CCTV was able to ask some key
questions about how the games will be staged.

Putin says Russia "will do everything" to guarantee a safe and secure Winter Games, which open on February the 7th.

"If we show our weakness and fear and let others see it, it will help terrorists to achieve their goals. I believe the international community should make joint efforts in areas like humanity, politics and economics, to fight against terrorism and the killing of innocent people. Our task as organizers is to provide security for participants and guests at the Sochi Olympic Games. We are going to do everything we can to achieve that goal." said Vladimir Putin, Russian President.

Putin was also asked whether the games have any bearing on his own political career. His response was unequivocal:"This is not about my own ambitions. Of course, it’s been a pleasure for me to see this taking shape and to be involved. But I need to repeat that this is absolutely not about satisfying my personal ambition. Our society has been under a depressing and pessimistic atmosphere since the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the serious bloodshed in the North Caucasus. Our nation needs a tonic and a revival.... we need understanding and experience. We will show that we have the ability to organize large-scale events."

As one of only six media groups given special access to Russian President
Vladimir Putin, China Central Television or CCTV was able to ask some key
questions about how the games will be staged.

Speaking afterwards to CCTV’s reporter, Putin called China and Russia good friends, highly praising the strategic partnership between the two countries.

And at the very end, Putin’s warmth was demonstrated for all to see, capturing perhaps a surprising side of the Russian President that’s not too often on show.

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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