WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- The United States said on Monday its military stands ready to offer full support to Russia in its security preparations for the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics and all possible contingencies during the event.
"The United States has offered its full support to the Russian government as it conducts security preparations for the Winter Olympics," Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.
"To that end, U.S. commanders in the region are conducting prudent planning and preparations should that support be required," Kirby said.
U.S. air and naval assets, including two navy ships in the Black Sea, will be available if requested by Russia for "all manner of contingencies" through consultation, he said, adding that so far Russia had not made such requirement.
This was the second time in this month that the U.S. has offered to provide security assistance to Russia to ensure the safety of the Sochi Winter Olympics, to be held on Feb. 6-23.
On Jan. 4, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu by phone to discuss the recent terror attacks in Russia, while promising to provide security assistance for the Winter Olympics if requested.
Two suicide bombings struck in Volgograd on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 separately, leaving at least 34 people dead and scores of others wounded. The attacks have raised questions about security of the upcoming Winter Olympics.
Media reports said Monday Sochi police were searching for a suspected member of the "Black Widow," a militant group from the Caucasus region, who planned to launch a terror attack during the games.
A video was posted online on Sunday, in which two suicide bombers believed to have launched the Volgograd attacks warned they had "prepared a present" for tourists who will attend the Winter Olympics.
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