Vladimir Putin Interview 2014: Russian President on Olympic Security

ABC News' George Stephanopoulos discussed the ongoing safety concerns at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
3:00 | 01/18/14

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We'll turn overseas and the big buildup for the sochi winter olympics much less than three weeks away and the ongoing security concerns. Our george stephanopoulos is the first american journalist to interview russian president vladimir putin ahead of the games and asked him how keep u.S. Athletes and spectator safe from terrorists. Translator: If we express or show any weakness, if we show we are afraid we will encourage those terrorists in attaining their goals. S job of the olympics host is to ensure security of the participants in the olympics and visitors to this festival of sports and we will do whatever it takes. You've put so much into the olympics going bab into 2007. So I wonder now how do you define success in sochi and is your personal honor and reputation at stake? Translator: No, no, you see, I want it it to be this nation's success. It's not my personal ambition. It's the direct direct interest. Concentrated interest of the state and of the people. Naturally when I see it and when we do, of course, I take pleasure in it but once again, it isn't to satisfy some ambition. Following the collapse of the ussr, following hard and let's put it bluntly, blood-soaked developments in the caucasuses, we need to understand and capable of pulling out major large-scale projects. And do so on schedule and with good quality. And not in the area or shall we say not only in the area of improving your defense tools but also in the humanitarian area including such as top level sports.

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