US issues travel warning for Russian Sochi Winter Olympic Games

Eurasia News

Islamabad: The US State Department has issued travel alert for Americans planning on traveling to Russia to attend the winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia warning them to stay away from transportation hubs and other crowded areas but also confirmed that US is sending security agents to Moscow and Sochi to tailor joint strategy to coordinate and boost security at Sochi during winter Olympic Games.

The travel alert did not specify any particular threat and noted that Russia has promised to protect athletes, fans, and infrastructure throughout the Games, which run from February 7 to February 23.

“There is no indication of a specific threat to US institutions or citizens, but US citizens should be aware of their personal surroundings and follow good security practices,” it said.

Terrorist activity has been a problem in the nation, with 34 people killed and 77 injured in December in two bombings in the city of Volgograd in southern Russia.