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Russia and US to join forces on Sochi 2014 security

The presidents of Russia and the United States have confirmed in a joint statement that high-profile events, such as the 2014 winter Olympic Games in Sochi, will see the two nations working together on security.

The statement, from Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama at the G8 meeting in Northern Ireland, comes after the tragic Boston Marathon bombing in April, which involved two suspects with links to Russia’s volatile North Caucasus.

The statement read: “The United States and Russia intend to continue to develop their counter-terrorism partnership with the business community, including in the field of protecting the tourist sector. Providing security for major sporting and public events, including the winter Olympic Games in Sochi, is to be an important area of interaction.”

Test events with a heavy police presence have already taken place in preparation for next year's winter Olympics, which take place from February 7 to 23.