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SOCHI, December 10 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Emergencies Ministry issued an urgent warning Tuesday about avalanches in the mountains near Sochi, where Russia will host the 2014 Winter Olympics in less than two months.
“There is a likelihood of problems with energy supplies, communications, housing services and transport routes,” the local branch of the Emergencies Ministry’s Krasnodar region said in a statement.
Russia is in the final stages of preparations for the Winter Olympics, which will be held in the Black Sea resort of Sochi and a sport cluster in the mountains above the city. The Games are due to start February 7.
Cold weather in the area is expected until the end of the week, when there will be a slight thaw.
The official opening of the ski season in Rosa Khutor, one of the showpiece resorts to be used for the Olympics, is scheduled for Saturday.
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Military exercises are held in order to prevent a war rather than prepare for one. If a potential enemy knows and sees that the Russian Army is constantly improving its skills and adopting state-of-the-art combat equipment and combat support systems he will hardly risk aggression against these Armed Forces and the country they defend.