CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Representative Robert Pittenger had planned to fly to Russia this week to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin about security plans for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, but said security concerns forced Putin to cancel the meeting.
“They have severe security issues in Russia right now,” said Pittenger.
Pittenger is the Chair of the Congressional Task for on Terrorism, and was part of delegation planning to go to Russia.
Pittenger said Wednesday afternoon Russian officials offered to reschedule the meeting, but the Congressman’s staff was unsure if an immediate flight could be booked to get him to Moscow in enough time.
According to NBC News, U.S. officials say the terror threat in Sochi is highest of any Olympics, but suggest Russia isn’t cooperating with the U.S. in intelligence sharing.
“Intelligence is the key to good security, and if they're not sharing intelligence with any other services, then it’s a solo act on their part," said Chris Swecker, Former FBI assistant director and onsite commander for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
PIttenger said the delegation visit to Moscow was intended to promote more intelligence sharing on terrorism.
“I want to create a need and a requirement that we work together on security issues. This oughta be done,” he said.