Head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov said cooperation with security agencies of number of countries, among them Georgia, helped to prevent terrorist attacks on the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
He said that example of this collaboration was “joint efforts of Russian FSB with its colleagues from the U.S., Austria, France, Germany and Georgia in respect of the group of individuals, who were intending to carry out terrorist attacks on Olympic facilities in Sochi.”
“These threats were localized through joint efforts,” Russian news agencies reported quoting Bortnikov as saying while addressing a conference in Sochi on April 9.
In the lead up to the Sochi Olympics the Georgian authorities declared readiness to contribute to the security of the Olympic Games. In September, 2013 then Georgian PM Bidzina Ivanishvili said that Tbilisi was sparing no efforts to “maximally help” Russia in this regard; he also said at the time that arrest of a Russian citizen from Chechnya by Georgian law enforcement agencies in Batumi in September, 2013 was part of Georgia’s efforts in this regard.