Putin said he had full confidence in Russia's special services and law enforcement agencies to provide security during the games. Sochi sits just west of Russia's North Caucasus, where an Islamic insurgency is simmering.
"Terrorists are always a threat to someone," he said. "If we'll be scared of them, it means they have won. But that doesn't mean we can have a devil-may-care attitude toward this threat. We must do everything to stop these threats and not give the terrorists a single chance to demonstrate their brutality and hatred of mankind."