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Obama, Putin discuss Sochi security plan: White House

WASHINGTON--Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin discussed security at the Sochi Winter Olympics Tuesday, amid rising fears in Washington for the safety of U.S. athletes following terror threats against the Games.

The U.S. and Russian leaders talked about how to ensure a "safe and secure" event next month in the Black Sea resort and nearby mountains, and also discussed Syrian transition talks in Geneva and nuclear diplomacy with Iran, the White House said.

The United States has offered "full cooperation" to Russia on securing the Games, but there have been some complaints by lawmakers here that Moscow has held back some intelligence.

The call came amid signs of subtle but rising pressure on Russia over securing the Games from Washington.

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