Medvedev Admits Russia's 'Very Tough Struggle Against Terrorism'

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Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 12:27 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Leading up to the launch of the 2014 Olympics, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told CNN Thursday that his government is having a "very tough" time dealing with terrorism, which he admitted is now part of life in his country.

"We are having [a] very tough struggle against terrorism," Medvedev said Thursday, speaking through an interpreter. "We keep fighting them every day."

Concern among athletes and those planning on attending the Olympic games are mounting, leading up to the opening ceremony Feb. 7 in the Russian city of Sochi. Suicide bombers have killed more than 30 people in three separate blasts in Russia during the past two months.

The Russian government has implemented a wide security perimeter, called a "ring of steel," around the area where many of the Olympic events will take place. President Vladimir Putin said he has committed 40,000 police officers for security during the games, according to Fox News.

Medvedev explained there were "always some threats" at public events, and said they occur "not only in the context of the Olympics." He stressed that terrorist activity is a continued focus of the Russian government.

"Sometime we have good results. But, sometime we don't have [the] results we expected. But, anyway, the struggle will be continued," he said.

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