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Russia: David Cameron gets the grand tour of Sochi Olympic venues00:47

Russia: David Cameron gets the grand tour of Sochi Olympic venues

Russian Federation, Sochi
May 10, 2013 at 20:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: David Cameron gets the grand tour of Sochi Olympic venues

Russian President Vladimir Putin and UK Prime Minister David Cameron toured the venues for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi on Friday. During Cameron's visit to the Russian resort city he discussed collaborating on bilateral security and the Syrian conflict with his Russian counterpart.

Earlier in the day, Cameron visited Putin at his Black Sea residence, Bocharov Ruchei to discuss, among other things, the ongoing civil crisis in Syria. This was the first visit of a British leader to the Russian president's official summer residence.

Together, Putin and Cameron toured the mountains and the Imeretinskaya Valley by plane before visiting the Fisht Olympic Stadium in the Sochi Olympic Park, which the UK design consultancy Buro Happold helped to construct. Fisht will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the games and has a capacity of 40,000 spectators.

According to Cameron in a press conference later, the two leaders agreed on the need to stop violence and prevent Syria from fragmenting, as well as the need to encourage a transitional government to end the conflict. Putin and Cameron additionally discussed plans for the peace conference that was proposed by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov earlier this week.

Cameron also said Russia and the UK will recommence limited cooperation between their security services during the Winter Olympics. Special services security cooperation between Britain and Russia was halted after former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London seven years ago.

He had fled from court prosecution in Russia and been granted political asylum in the UK before dying of lethal polonium-210-induced acute radiation syndrome. British authorities later claimed they were certain who had administered the poison by did not publicly disclose their evidence. Thereafter, they froze all communication between Russian and British security services.

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Russia: David Cameron gets the grand tour of Sochi Olympic venues

Russian President Vladimir Putin and UK Prime Minister David Cameron toured the venues for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi on Friday. During Cameron's visit to the Russian resort city he discussed collaborating on bilateral security and the Syrian conflict with his Russian counterpart.

Earlier in the day, Cameron visited Putin at his Black Sea residence, Bocharov Ruchei to discuss, among other things, the ongoing civil crisis in Syria. This was the first visit of a British leader to the Russian president's official summer residence.

Together, Putin and Cameron toured the mountains and the Imeretinskaya Valley by plane before visiting the Fisht Olympic Stadium in the Sochi Olympic Park, which the UK design consultancy Buro Happold helped to construct. Fisht will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the games and has a capacity of 40,000 spectators.

According to Cameron in a press conference later, the two leaders agreed on the need to stop violence and prevent Syria from fragmenting, as well as the need to encourage a transitional government to end the conflict. Putin and Cameron additionally discussed plans for the peace conference that was proposed by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov earlier this week.

Cameron also said Russia and the UK will recommence limited cooperation between their security services during the Winter Olympics. Special services security cooperation between Britain and Russia was halted after former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London seven years ago.

He had fled from court prosecution in Russia and been granted political asylum in the UK before dying of lethal polonium-210-induced acute radiation syndrome. British authorities later claimed they were certain who had administered the poison by did not publicly disclose their evidence. Thereafter, they froze all communication between Russian and British security services.

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