Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Russia Will Support Its 'Neutral' Athletes At Winter Olympics, Says Mutko

Russia Will Support Its 'Neutral' Athletes At Winter Olympics, Says Mutko

"I also feel concerned for the guys, many of whom I know personally and consider them to be my friends", Putin said adding that all of them will have to make an important decision now. The U.S.is trying to put pressure on worldwide sporting bodies "which has nothing in common with the ideology of the Olympic movement", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, the Tass news service reported.

"What we will do is make sure that we are taking every precaution possible, to make sure that they are safe". "I have not heard anything about that, but I do know in the talks that we have - whether it's Jerusalem or North Korea - it's about, how do we protect the U.S. citizens in the area?" The U.S. and South Korea, in turn, have conducted joint military exercises near the Korean Peninsula.

The US flew a supersonic bomber over South Korea today as part of a week-long set of military exercises meant to send a strong warning to North Korea - which has in turn carried out intercontinental ballistic missile tests. Abroad, they understand very well the importance attached in our country to high achievement sports.

The IOC on Tuesday banned the Russian team from the Olympics after evidence emerged of an "unprecedented systematic manipulation" of the anti-doping system but left the door open for some Russians to compete as neutrals if they demonstrate they have a doping-free background.

Putin, who announced on Wednesday he would run in a Russian presidential election next year, said he had not instructed officials to deliver victory for the Russian team at the Sochi Games.

He also argued that the International Olympic Committee decision on Tuesday to ban the Russian Federation team from the Winter Games in South Korea for anti-doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games had political underlining.

Mutko said that would support all the local athletes who decide to compete under a neutral flag.

"With the Olympic Truce resolution, the UN General Assembly is creating the conditions for all athletes to compete in peace".

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