The United States and Russia have opened discussions about using sophisticated American electronic equipment in a new effort to help secure the Winter Games in Sochi next month. Apparently top military officers from both countries have been meeting about using American technology, developed by the Pentagon to counter improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been meeting with his Russian counterpart, Gen. Valery V. Gerasimov, chief of the general staff. Few details have been disclosed. The Defense Department is apparently willing to provide equipment designed to detect and disrupt cellphone or radio signals used by militants to detonate improvised explosives from a distance. However it first must be determined if the American systems can be integrated into the communications networks and security systems being set in place by Russia.
In addition to deploying tens of thousands of police officers and military reinforcements to the Sochi area, the Russian government has tightened control inside the city ahead of the opening of the Games on Feb. 7, banning vehicles that are not registered in the region and requiring even Russians who visit to register with the police within three days, as foreigners must do. The Russians are taking security seriously especially give that these Games are being held near a region festering with Islamist separatists.