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Russian diplomat says plane explosion was prevented before Sochi Olympics

November 16, 2015, 13:23 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The operation was carried out in four countries by five secret services, and all plotters involved were detained in Austria and in France on the eve of the Olympics

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Russian police in Sochi

Russian police in Sochi

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MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. On the eve of the 2014 Sochi Olympics a terror bomb blast on board a plane was prevented, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov, responsible for overseeing resistance to terrorism, told the Federation Council on Monday. Several women suicide bombers had plotted to bring an explosive disguised as a hand-cream.

"In the course of preparations for the Sochi Olympics we for the first time gathered officials from the secret services of different countries. The last such meeting was on the very eve of the Olympics, with 82 special services from 62 countries taking part. All worked for maintaining security at the Sochi Olympics."

"There had been major terrorist threats, including a terrorist attack against a plane," Syromolotov said. "The operation was carried out in four countries by five secret services. On the eve of the Olympics all plotters involved were detained in Austria and in France."

Suicide women bombers had been supplied with charts showing where exactly they should plant explosive devices," he said. "As you may remember, aircraft carriers then prohibited hand-creams from being taken on board. The plotters had an explosive device hidden inside a hand-cream tube. The micro-fuse had been brought from Syria. All that was quite real."

Russia-initiated resolution on joint anti-terrorism effort still not passed

The diplomat expressed regret that a much needed resolution on joining effort in fight against terrorism initiated by Russia was not being passed.

"At a ministerial session of the UN Security Council during a session of the UN General Assembly, Russia suggested a resolution should be passed on uniting effort in fight against terrorism," Syromolotov said. 

"The resolution has been stalled for two months," he said, expressing regret over the lack of cooperation on the issue.

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