Putin: 'Can't Feel Weak' in the Face of Terror Threats to Sochi Olympics

Russian president talks to ABC's George Stephanopoulos about recent threats against his country.
3:00 | 01/17/14

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Transcript for Putin: 'Can't Feel Weak' in the Face of Terror Threats to Sochi Olympics
If we allow ourselves to -- and we did you feel weak but he -- are feared to be seen by doing -- assist those terrorists. In achieving their goals fossil I think the international community that operates in all the areas -- both humanitarian and political six economic effects must consolidate its efforts in fighting such. Anti human expressions but as terrorist attacks. Such is the murder of innocents -- and -- job yet needless to say -- the job of the Olympics host is to ensure security of the participants in the Olympics and visitors to this festival of sports but and we will do whatever it takes. But what we would try and make sure that security measures. And -- -- werder. Not in your face him. Did not put pressure on the athletes. And visitors so technical reports -- -- -- the same time -- will do everything within our power authority to make sure those measures that they are so efficient notably -- -- amendment. You've put so much into these Olympics going back to 2000. Seven so I wonder now how do you define success. In Sochi and is your personal honor and reputation at stake. No no you see I wanted to be the nation's success. What's first and foremost for us and I've already said that. We are the hosts of these Olympics gold number one for us that the state level but not on the sports plane but on the State's level is to create a favorable environment for the athletes and visitors and the press. And -- for the tourists it is not my personal ambition if it is the direct. Direct interest. Concentrated interest of the state north end of our people. Naturally. When I see it and when we do it of course. I'd take pleasure in it. -- once again -- sure this isn't to satisfy. Some -- ambition. There is also a moral dimension to -- commute I'll tell you about it openly. -- there is nothing to hide. With it or be embarrassed by here to -- You following the collapse of the USSR. Following hard to get -- let's put it to stay bluntly -- blood soaked developments in the caucuses. The overall state society. Was depressing. And pessimistic. We need to cheer about portrait which we need to understand and feel. That we are capable of pulling off 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 our defense tools. But also in the humanitarian. Area. Including. Such as top level sports.

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