(CNN) — A video surfaces threatening the Winter Olympics. Russia’s President vows the games will be safe. Some U.S. lawmakers warn that they won’t be. One thing was clear as debate over the situation surged on Sunday: security is a top concern, less than three weeks away from the competition.
Russian President Vladimir Putin admits the Olympic games could be the target of terrorism. In response to a video posted on a known Jihadi forum website threatening the Olympic Games, President Putin said we have “perfect understanding of the threat and how to stop it” It is believed the video was made by terrorists believed to have been involved in the bombing of the city Vogograd last month, .
The suspected terrorists made the statement, “We’ve prepared a present for you and all tourists who’ll come over,” the video says. “If you will hold the Olympics, you’ll get a present from us for the Muslim blood that’s been spilled.” The men in the video were dressed in black standing with a banner associated with al Qaeda linked terrorists.
President Putin said “Security is to be ensured by some 40,000 law enforcement and special services officers,” he said. “Of course, we will draw on the experience acquired during similar events held in other regions of the world and in other countries. It means that we will protect our air and sea space, as well as the mountain cluster.”