January 27, 2014
Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak told Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley” on Sunday that Sochi, Russia, the city where the 2014 Winter Olympics will take place, “is as safe as the rest of Russia.”
“One, Sochi is as safe as the rest of Russia. Secondly, Sochi is pretty unique a place in terms of its geographics, climate, and very uniqueness in Sochi being kind of resort area on the warm sea and in 2 hours and a half you can also do downhill skiing. So, it’s wonderful place for Olympics, first,” Kislyak said.
According to the State Department, “Sochi is located approximately 250 miles from Dagestan. Less than 10 miles to its south, Sochi is bordered by the disputed territory of Abkhazia, which has witnessed its own share of extremist violence.”